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.

 

 

Latest News Release

Sernova is Awarded Patents in Multiple Countries for Cell Pouch(TM) and Therapeutic Cell Transplantation Technologies

LONDON, ONTARIO (Marketwire – February 12, 2015) - Sernova Corp. (TSX-V: SVA), today announced that the Patent Offices in China, Israel, Singapore and New Zealand have issued Notices of Allowance and issued patents to Sernova for its patent application entitled "Methods and Devices for Cellular Transplantation.”


These patents help protect Sernova’s entire Cell Pouch(TM) system, including the Cell Pouch(TM) itself, as well as the Cell Pouch(TM) combined with therapeutic cells and surgical tools for cell transplantation. These issued patents, in addition to patent rights already granted or actively being pursued in other countries, will provide Sernova with patent protection through 2030.


“Patent applications on Sernova’s technologies are being pursued in multiple countries around the world and we are confident that additional patents will be granted on an international basis,” stated Dr. Philip Toleikis, Sernova’s President and CEO.


"Potential strategic partners, including major pharmaceutical companies place significant value in issued patents,” stated Dr. Philip Toleikis, Sernova’s President and CEO. He continued, “Since 2009, we have been relentless at carrying out our strategy to secure exclusive patent rights on our core technologies, to develop an international footprint for our products.”


About Sernova


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(TM), an implantable medical device for therapeutic cells (donor, xenogeneic or stem cells) which then release proteins and/or hormones as required. The therapeutic cells are protected from immune attack by Sernova’s proprietary local immune protection technology.


For further information contact:


Philip Toleikis, Ph.D., President and CEO

Tel: (604) 961-2939
philip.toleikis@sernova.com

info@sernova.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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