Rainbow Coral Corp.’s (OTCBB: RBCC) pending joint venture partner Amarantus BioScience, Inc. (OTCBB: AMBS) announced last week that it has licensed a highly promising new diagnostic known as the LymPro Alzheimer's Disease Diagnostic Blood Test (LymPro) from Memory Dx, LLC (MDx).
LymPro works by identifying immune-based biomarkers in the blood of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, thereby diagnosing the disease and allowing physicians to definitively differentiate from other forms of dementia, reducing the need for much costlier brain scans.
The diagnostic has the potential to become an invaluable new tool in Alzheimer's clinical trials, where there has been a well-documented history of patient recruitment errors related to inaccurate diagnosis of the disease.
LymPro has received over $3 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and completed two phase one clinical studies in over 80 patients, showing 98% sensitivity and 96% specificity for Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. Now the diagnostic is ready to move into a phase two validation study. If successful, LymPro can begin generating revenue as a laboratory developed test ("LDT") within 18 months of study initiation through commercial sales and through sales to companies performing Alzheimer's disease clinical research.
"LymPro has undeniable clinical and commercial potential as a diagnostic blood test for Alzheimer's disease, and this license strengthens Amarantus’ diagnostic pipeline considerably," said RBCC CEO Patrick Brown. "We are continuing to discuss partnership opportunities with Amarantus and look forward to collaborating further in 2013."
The partnership will focus on the development and marketing of the diagnostic to a clinical population hungry for effective new tests and treatments for neurological diseases.
For more information on Rainbow BioSciences’ neurological treatment initiatives, please visit www.rainbowbiosciences.com/investors.html.
Rainbow BioSciences is dedicated to developing new medical and research technology innovations to compete alongside companies such as Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN), Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTIC) and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT).
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