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 provides update on its plans for IND filing with US FDA
LONDON, ONTARIO – (Marketwire – November 2, 2016) – Sernova Corp. (TSX-V: SVA) (OTCQB: SEOVF) (FSE: PSH), a clinical stage company developing disruptive regenerative medicine technologies for the long-term treatment of chronic diseases including diabetes and hemophilia and CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI), are pleased to announce their collaboration on regulatory matters respecting Sernova’s Cell Pouch System(TM), a novel implantable and scalable medical device that when combined with therapeutic cells, may provide a convenient, safe and effective long-term therapeutic option for patients with chronic diseases such as insulin-dependent diabetes who seek to improve their quality of life.
CTI as an expert in cell therapy, and immunology among other life-changing therapies in critically and chronically ill patients is supporting Sernova’s clinical trial regulatory processes including submission of Sernova’s regulatory package with the FDA for the recently announced JDRF supported clinical trial in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes. In this regard CTI has been a part of more than 100 drug and device approvals and has proven success in advancing numerous international drug and device applications.
“We are really enthused to be collaborating with Sernova on filing their Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the US FDA,” stated Timothy Schroeder, CTI Founder and CEO. “Sernova is an innovative organization with a regenerative medicine program that could change the standard of care for many chronically ill patients.”
“We are pleased to have CTI supporting Sernova’s clinical trial regulatory processes as they bring proven expertise in medical device and regenerative medicine technologies targeting chronically ill patient populations,” remarked Dr. Philip Toleikis, Sernova President and CEO. “We at Sernova see this collaboration as the beginning of a long-term relationship in supporting the clinical development progression of our therapeutic cell and device applications. With their clinical trial experience across six continents in bringing research sites, patients, and sponsors together, CTI will be an invaluable member of Sernova’s development team.”
In further developments, Sernova also announced that it has retained Mackie Research Capital Corporation ("Mackie") to provide market making services to the company in compliance with the guidelines of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV"). Mackie will trade shares of Sernova on the TSXV for the purposes of maintaining an orderly market and improving the liquidity of Sernova’s shares. In consideration for their services, Sernova has agreed to pay Mackie $3,000 per month for a period of 12 months which is extendable. The agreement may be terminated at any time by Sernova or Mackie. There are no performance factors contained in the agreement and Mackie will not receive any shares or options from Sernova as compensation for the services. Sernova and Mackie are unrelated and unaffiliated entities, but Mackie and/or its clients may have an interest, directly or indirectly, in the securities of Sernova. The agreement is subject to approval of the TSXV.
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 its Cell Pouch System, an implantable medical device and therapeutic cells (donor, xenogeneic or stem cell derived therapeutic cells). Sernova’s Cell Pouch System, following implantation, is thought to form a vascularized tissue environment for the housing and long-term survival and function of therapeutic cells. It is anticipated that these therapeutic cells may release necessary proteins or hormones missing from the body to treat chronic diseases as an alternative to daily administration of drugs. For more information visit www.sernova.com
About CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services
CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services is a global, privately held, full-service contract research organization (CRO), delivering a complete spectrum of clinical trial and consulting services throughout the lifecycle of development, from concept to commercialization. CTI’s focused therapeutic approach provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device firms with clinical and disease area expertise in rare diseases, regenerative medicine/gene therapy, immunology, transplantation, and other disease populations. CTI has a passion for helping life-changing therapies succeed in chronically and critically ill patient populations. With clinical trial experience across 6 continents, CTI partners with research sites, patients, and sponsors to fulfill unmet medical needs. CTI is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, with operations across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. For more information visit www.ctifacts.com
About Mackie Research Capital Corporation
Mackie is one of Canada's largest independent full service investment firms, and proudly traces its roots back to 1921. Mackie is privately owned by many of its 300 employees. As a fully integrated national investment dealer, Mackie offers a full complement of capital markets and wealth management services to private clients, institutions and growth companies. For more information visit www.mackieresearch.com
For further information contact:
Philip Toleikis, Ph.D., President and CEO
Tel: (604) 961-2939
Ray Matthews & Associates
Suite 601-128 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 0E6
Tel: (604) 818-7778
Allison Schroeder: CTI Media Contact