"PhenoGuard - The Golden Egg" - News Out This Morning
With proof of principle established in various animal models for MANF, the addition of a seasoned drug development organization to the Amarantus team, and the recent move of the Company to a facility where we will have access to all the necessary equipment to restart the PhenoGuard program, I am eager to set about the business of discovering a new neurotrophic factor family. The scientific methods have advanced tremendously in the last decade, which gives me confidence that we will be able to achieve results while deploying significantly fewer resources than we did while discovering MANF. Coupled with our partnering business model, we believe we will be able to find the appropriate partner for PhenoGuard to fully exploit the true value of this technology.
Proving that the discovery of MANF was not serendipitous would represent a massive scientific achievement for the Company in this era of outsourced drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. We expect to be in a position to start collaborating on this project in early 2014 having expanded our PhenoGuard cell line library to 88 cell lines from four distinct brain regions associated with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Clinical Depression and Huntington’s disease.
Science can sometimes be an uncertain endeavor, however with proper parameters established, it has the potential to yield groundbreaking advances in medicine. We believe PhenoGuard could be one such engine in the emerging era of neurotrophic factor development.