The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Harvard School of Public Health report entitled “The Global Economic Burden of Non-communicable Diseases” estimates global diseases
kill 36 million people every year and will cost upwards of US$47 trillion by 2030.
The World Health Organization's four biggest killers; cancer, heart disease, diabetes and
chronic respiratory disease are dominant in non-communicable disease (NCD) mortality
and morbidity. All four are increasing in prevalence and the cost of treatment is spiraling
out of control.
Exactly what is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are too high.
Much of the food you eat is broken down into a simple sugar called glucose. In response
to a rise in glucose levels after a meal the islets beta-cells in the pancreas read blood glucose
levels and secrete insulin into the blood. Insulin acts to open the gates of cells allowing the
glucose to move from the blood stream into the cells where it can be utilized for energy.
A Type 1 diabetes diagnosis means the pancreatic beta cells that read glucose levels and secrete
insulin have been damaged or destroyed. Thus glucose cannot move from the bloodstream into the cells.
A Type 2 (insulin resistance) diabetes diagnosis is a far more common verdict for people than
Type 1. Insulin resistance happens because of chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin levels.
These elevated levels of sugar and insulin have the effect of "numbing" the cellular processes which
move the sugar from the blood stream to the cells - the body cannot respond to the insulin "requests" to move blood sugar into the cells. Roughly 27% of the people who start out as Type 2
diabetics, will, in the future require insulin injections similar to Type 1 diabetics.
Between Type-1 and Type-2 patients with diabetes the total number of diabetics requiring insulin
in just North America, is about nine million.
Sernova Corp. TSX:V-SVA is a Canadian-based medical device development company focused on
chronic metabolic, neurological, and haematological diseases. Due to the enormous market and
potential for significantly improved patient treatment, Sernova’s first product focus is on diabetes.
Sernova’s Cell Pouch System™ is a versatile, scalable credit card-sized device, made of FDA approved
materials that provides a natural "organ-like" environment for therapeutic cells such as insulin
producing islets for diabetics. Think of the Cell Pouch System™ as a potential natural insulin producing
pump with the added benefit of fine-tuned glucose control. Placed under the skin in a simple inexpensive
procedure it develops endocrine pancreas like characteristics when islets are placed into the device taking
over normal glucose control. A key feature of the device is its ability to stimulate natural microvessel
development, thought to be essential for long-term survival and function of therapeutic cells.
Sernova resides in the top 3% of TSX Venture Exchange Companies in market performance
Source: Sernova Corp
February 5, 6:00 a.m. EDT LONDON, ONTARIO – (Marketwire – February 5, 2016) – Sernova Corp. (TSX-V: SVA) (OTCQB: SEOVF) (FSE: PSH), a clinical stage company developing medical technologies for the long-term treatment of chronic diseases including diabetes and hemophilia, announced today it has received the ranking of fourth in the category of Life Sciences and Clean Technologies and has been selected as member of the “2016 TSX Venture 50” Companies. This is a prestigious group of top market performers from among the 1,791 companies listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange as of December 31, 2015.
"We are honoured to be distinguished by the TSX from amongst all TSX Venture Companies and are appreciative of our investors who have rewarded our progress as acknowledged through the TSX Venture Exchange,” remarked Dr. Philip Toleikis, President and CEO. “We congratulate our peer companies in this category who have shown superior results in key metrics of market performance such as market capitalization growth, share price appreciation and trading volume – with Sernova providing a return of 118% in market cap appreciation in 2015. The shares of these companies also enjoyed a liquid market, with a total of 3.0 billion shares traded over the course of 2015,” added Dr. Toleikis.
“Sernova’s ongoing development of its platform technologies for cell therapy, the advancement of it programs in diabetes and hemophilia, and its focus on forging mutually beneficial pharmaceutical collaborations will, we believe, make 2016 another rewarding year for our shareholders and investors,” stated Frank Holler, Sernova Chairman. “This TSX Venture recognition adds to our growing profile in the public markets and we are most appreciative of receiving this distinction," added Mr. Holler.
Sernova Corp. is a clinical stage regenerative medicine Company developing medical technologies for the treatment of chronic debilitating metabolic diseases such as diabetes, blood disorders including hemophilia, and other diseases treated through replacement of proteins or hormones missing or in short supply within the body. Sernova is developing the Cell Pouch System, an implantable medical device and therapeutic cells (donor, xenogeneic or stem cell derived therapeutic cells) which then release proteins and/or hormones as required.
For further information contact:
Philip Toleikis, Ph.D., President and CEO Tel: (604) 961-2939
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.sernova.com
Ray Matthews & Associates
Suite 601-128 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 0E6
Tel: (604) 818-7778 www.raymatthews.ca
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