VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – January 10, 2011 – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX-V: SBM) (the “Company”), a biotechnology company specializing in carbohydrate-based molecules, including therapeutics for diabetes and obesity, cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients, announced today it achieved positive preclinical results for its Type 2 diabetes drug candidate. Sirona Biochem’s lead compound, an SGLT-2 (sodium glucose transporter) inhibitor, reduced blood glucose levels in a dose-dependent manner by as much as 50% compared to untreated groups and showed efficient glucose lowering effect following oral administration. Furthermore, in a comparative study, Sirona Biochem’s lead compound achieved better results than dapagliflozin, a Phase 3 SGLT-2 inhibitor for Type 2 diabetes.
“This promising preclinical data is a significant step for Sirona Biochem in our goal to develop effective best-in-class treatments for the millions of people suffering from diabetes worldwide,” said Sirona Biochem President Mark Senner. “Carbohydrate-based chemistry offers tremendous opportunities towards the development of new treatments, anti-aging cosmetic ingredients and biological ingredients and we feel this positive preclinical data demonstrates that our proprietary chemistry technology is working towards the development of commercially valuable programs,” he added.
Sirona Biochem is developing sodium glucose transporters (SGLT) inhibitors in addition to other carbohydrate-based molecules. SGLT-2s are responsible for glucose reabsorption from the kidneys into the bloodstream. This process contributes to elevated levels of glucose in a person with Type 2 diabetes. SGLT-2 inhibitors reduce the excess glucose from entering the bloodstream by releasing the glucose into the urine and, as a result, may help control Type 2 diabetes. SGLT-2 inhibitors are carbohydrate-based molecules, which tend to be difficult to develop. Sirona Biochem applies an advanced chemistry method to stabilize and improve the properties of carbohydrate-based molecules, including our SGLT-2 inhibitor.
About Sirona Biochem Corp.
Sirona Biochem is a biotechnology company developing diabetes and obesity therapeutics, anti-aging cosmetic ingredients and biological ingredients. Our advanced chemistry technology is being applied towards the development of these carbohydrate-based programs. Our aim is to improve the commercial value of carbohydrate-based molecules by improving their pharmaceutical qualities. In August 2010, Sirona Biochem announced it had signed a binding preliminary agreement to acquire France-based TFChem. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.
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