Vancouver, British Columbia – September 3, 2014 – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX-V: SBM.V FSE: ZSB) today announced that Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals has successfully completed another study in the pre-clinical validation of its anti-diabetic SGLT2 Inhibitor, SBM-TFC-039, for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
The pharmacokinetic (PK) study of SBM-TFC-039 confirms an excellent oral bioavailability of SBM-TFC-039. Bioavailability refers to the drug’s ability to be absorbed into the body. The results are in accordance with results of an earlier study conducted by Sirona Biochem. The drug was administered as a single dose in SD rats. The first milestone of the license agreement with Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals is expected after the next scheduled study, assessing toxicology in rats during a 14 day test. This will trigger a second payment to Sirona from Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals as part of the $9.5M in upfront and milestone payments.
“These results provide further evidence that we have an excellent compound for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes”, said Dr. Howard Verrico, CEO. “Good bioavailability of a drug equates to lower dosing. It’s a win for us in terms of the development of our SGLT2 Inhibitor.”
About Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals
Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals is the leading pharmaceutical company in China that specializes in research, production and marketing of medicines for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endocrinology. Among domestic pharmaceutical companies, Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals is one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of a comprehensive portfolio of drugs for diabetes.
Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Fosun Pharma, one of the major shareholders of Sinopharm Group, the largest drug distributor in China, is part of Fosun International, the leading non-state owned enterprise group in China which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
About Sirona Biochem Corp.
Sirona Biochem is a cosmetic ingredient and drug discovery company with a proprietary platform technology. Sirona specializes in stabilizing carbohydrate molecules with the goal of improving efficacy and safety. New compounds are patented for maximum revenue potential.
Sirona’s compounds are licensed to leading companies around the world in return for licensing fees, milestone fees and ongoing royalty payments. Sirona’s laboratory, TFChem, is located in France and is the recipient of multiple French national scientific awards and European Union and French government grants. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.
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