Sernova to Present Clinical Validation of the Cell Pouch as a Viable, Safe Site for Diabetes Cell Therapy at the American Diabetes Association's Virtual 80th Scientific Sessions
LONDON, ONTARIO - TheNewswire - June 3, 2020 - Sernova Corp. (TSXV:SVA) (OTC:SEOVF) (FSE:PSH), a clinical-stage regenerative medicine therapeutics company, is pleased to announce that its submitted abstract entitled "Clinical Validation of the Implanted Pre-Vascularized Cell Pouch as a Viable, Safe Site for Diabetes Cell Therapy" has been selected for presentation at the upcoming American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Virtual 80th Scientific Sessions to be held June 12-16, 2020. Sernova's presentation (ePoster 205-LB) will be available to conference attendees beginning June 13, 2020, at 11:00 am EDT.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to present these scientific results at the ADA's Virtual 80th Scientific Sessions," said Dr. Philip Toleikis, President and CEO of Sernova.
All information contained in the submitted abstract should be considered preliminary and subject to change until the study is fully presented at the 80th Scientific Sessions. All information is subject to embargo until June 13, 2020, at 11:00 am EDT.
ABOUT SERNOVA'S CLINICAL TRIAL
Sernova is conducting a Phase I/II non-randomized, unblinded, single-arm, company-sponsored trial at the University of Chicago to assess the safety and tolerability of islet transplantation into the company's patented Cell Pouch in diabetic subjects with hypoglycemia unawareness. The secondary objective is to assess efficacy through a series of defined measures. Patients enrolled in Sernova's clinical trial are incapable of producing c-peptide, a biomarker for insulin produced by islet cells.
Eligible subjects are implanted with Cell Pouches. Following the development of vascularized tissue chambers within the Cell Pouch, subjects are then stabilized on immunosuppression, and a dose of purified islets, under strict release criteria, are transplanted into the Cell Pouch.
A sentinel pouch is removed for an early assessment of the islet transplant. Subjects are followed for additional safety and efficacy measures for approximately six months. At this point, a decision is made with regard to the transplant of a second islet dose with subsequent safety and efficacy follow up. Patients are then further followed for one year to assess longer-term safety and efficacy.
For more information on this clinical trial, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03513939. For more information on enrollment and recruitment details please visit www.pwitkowski.org/sernova.
ABOUT SERNOVA'S CELL POUCH SYSTEM
The Cell Pouch, as part of the Cell Pouch System, is a novel, proprietary, scalable, implantable macro- encapsulation device solution designed for the long-term survival and function of therapeutic cells. The device upon implantation is designed to incorporate with tissue, forming highly vascularized tissue chambers for the transplantation and function of therapeutic cells, which then release proteins and hormones as required to treat disease. The Cell Pouch, along with therapeutic cells, has been shown to provide long-term safety and efficacy in small and large animal models of diabetes and has been proven to provide a biologically compatible environment for insulin-producing cells in humans in a Canadian first-in-human study. Sernova is currently conducting a Phase I/II study at the University of Chicago.
ABOUT SERNOVA CORP.
Sernova Corp is developing regenerative medicine therapeutic technologies using a medical device and immune protected therapeutic cells (i.e., human donor cells, corrected human cells and stem cell-derived cells) to improve the treatment and quality of life of people with chronic metabolic diseases such as insulin-dependent diabetes, blood disorders including hemophilia, and other diseases treated through replacement of proteins or hormones missing or in short supply within the body. For more information, please visit www.sernova.com.
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