SignaBlok, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical startup, received a Notice of Allowance of Key U.S. Patent for novel and first-in-class agents in sepsis and cancer
Online PR News – 02-July-2013 – Shrewsbury, MA, July 1, 2013 – SignaBlok, Inc. today announced that it received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a new patent application covering TREM-1 receptor-specific peptides for sepsis, cancer and other inflammation-associated indications. The allowed claims cover both product composition and treatment methods.
This application is the first patent application to issue, which broadly covers the Company's proprietary, first-in-class peptides, known as the SCHOOL peptides. The peptides target TREM-1, a specific receptor that serves as an inflammation amplifier and is critically involved in the pathogenesis of various cancers, sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammation-associated diseases.
"We are pleased that the USPTO has allowed this patent application, which will substantively expand the coverage of SignaBlok's intellectual property estate," said Alexander Sigalov, Ph.D., President, Inventor and Founder of SignaBlok. "SignaBlok continues to develop novel intellectual property in the area of the SCHOOL technology that allows to block specific receptors in a new, ligand-independent manner. We have recently succeeded in the animal proof-of-concept testing of the SCHOOL technology in sepsis and lung cancer. Accordingly, we plan to consolidate key intellectual property required to develop and commercialize first-in-class therapies for these and other serious diseases with unmet clinical needs".
The new patent is expected to issue in the next few months.
SignaBlok is developing a new class of therapies – SCHOOL peptides, the innovative modulatory peptides that can be rationally designed for nearly any cell surface receptor and have broad potential to treat and prevent a wide range of serious diseases with unmet clinical needs. SignaBlok is also developing a nanotechnology that enables targeted delivery of SCHOOL peptides and other therapies and/or imaging agents, aiming to improve efficacy, reduce dose, and allow image-guided therapy. Additional information about SignaBlok is available at www.signablok.com.
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