Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Living Cell Technologies Granted European Patent

Living Cell Technologies Limited

 
Living Cell Technologies Granted European Patent for Neurological Disease Product NTCELL

NTCELL targets neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s disease and Stroke
Patent based on technology of implanting encapsulated porcine choroid plexus cells
Journal of Neural Engineering publishes LCT’s latest data on therapeutic benefit of choroid plexus cell implants

20 January 2010: Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies Limited (ASX: LCT; OTCQX: LVCLY) today announced that it has been granted a European patent for the use of its product NTCELL in the treatment of degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease and Stroke.

LCT’s European patent is based on the technology of preparing NTCELL, which are encapsulated porcine cells of the choroid plexus of the brain. The cells release growth factors and neurotrophins, which are a range of agents that protect and maintain the health of brain cells. NTCELL was designed to protect brain cells from disease and injury and to enhance the natural repair mechanisms in the brain. NTCELL has the potential to restore neural cells and tissue.

The porcine choroid plexus cells are encapsulated in a seaweed-derived gel. The encapsulation protects the cells from rejection by the immune system allowing implantation without the need for toxic anti-rejection drugs.

Dr Paul Tan, Chief Executive Officer LCT said: “At a time when we are seeing regulatory approvals in Europe and the US for clinical trials with cell-based therapeutics in neurologic disorders, we can expect NTCELL to add significant value to LCT. The granting of this key patent for NTCELL coincides with the publication of LCT’s most recent data on cell therapy for neurological diseases in a leading peer review journal.”

The December 2009 issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering published LCT’s paper titled “Encapsulated living choroid plexus cells: potential long-term treatments for central nervous system disease and trauma”, which shows that long-lasting therapeutic implants of NTCELL may be used to treat brain disease. The new experimental data indicates that the choroid plexus cells release neuroprotective agents including antioxidants and growth supporting factors. The implanted cells were still alive when retrieved 6 months after implantation into the brain in animals. This publication adds to LCT’s previously published and presented data on the beneficial effects of NTCELL implants in animal models of Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, stroke and hearing loss caused by degeneration of the auditory nerve.

 

-Ends-

 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Statistics: Dairy And Travel Still Our Largest Export Earners

New Zealand earned $2.3 billion more from exports than we spent on imports during the year ended June 2015... total exports of goods and services were $67.5 billion, while total imports were $65.1 billion. More>>

ALSO:

Approval: Air New Zealand And Air China Launch New Alliance Route

Air New Zealand and Air China have today launched joint sales for a new daily direct service between Auckland and Beijing after receiving approval from New Zealand Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges to form a strategic alliance. More>>

ALSO:

Money Trading: FX Trader Jin Yuan Finance Warned Over Lack Of Monitoring

Jin Yuan Finance, an Auckland-based foreign exchange trader, has been warned over its lack of anti-money laundering processes in place in the first public notification by the Department of Internal Affairs. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Surge, Possible Peak: House Values Accelerate At Fastest Annual Pace In 8 Years

New Zealand residential property values rose at their fastest annual pace in eight years in August, pushed higher by overflowing demand in Auckland, which is showing signs speculators think it has reached its peak, according to Quotable Value. More>>

ALSO:

Cash Money: Reserve Bank Launches New $5 And $10 Banknotes

The $5 and $10 final banknotes were revealed at an event at the Bank in Wellington, and will start to be released from mid-October 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Truck Sales Booted: Commerce Commission Files Charges Against Mobile Trader

The Commerce Commission has filed charges against a mobile trader, or truck shop operator, claiming he obtained money from customers by deception and never intended to supply them with the goods they paid for. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news