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HENRIETTA, N.Y., June 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Impact Biomedical, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DSS, Inc. (NYSE American: DSS), along with its scientific research partner Global Research and Discovery Group Sciences (GRDG), announced today that it signed a license agreement with ProPhase Labs (NASDAQ: PRPH) for Equivir, which has shown potential as a treatment to limit the occurrence of or reduce the risk or severity of viral outbreaks.
“We are excited to team up with ProPhase Labs, who will apply its nearly three decades of experience enhancing the health of the public to Equivir, which we believe to be a ground-breaking treatment that will positively impact health in the US and globally,” said Frank. D. Heuszel, CEO of DSS.
Clinical Human Trials to Begin
The agreement between GRDG and ProPhase comes just prior to the beginning of human clinical trials for Equivir, GRDG announced. GRDG has contracted with ICON plc, the world's leading clinical research organization.
“These next clinical trials are a vital step in the process,” said Daryl Thompson, Impact BioLife’s Director of Scientific Initiatives, and founder of the advanced research company GRDG Sciences, LLC. “This is where all of the work, the planning and the research meets the ultimate challenge. I am extremely optimistic that these trials will go well for Equivir.”
Since 2019 Equivir as a treatment against viral infections has received two U.S. patents and a positive patentability report opening the door for international patent possibilities. The composition is believed to work by potentially blocking the entry of a virus into host cells, which prevents infection and replication in those host cells.
In addition to its potential use for the treatment of infection caused by various serotypes of influenza and Rhinovirus, a common viral infectious agent predominantly associated with the common cold in humans, Equivir is also believed to block the entry of Ebola virus into host cells which can prevent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Ebola Hemorrhagic fever (EHF). These diseases are rare, but severe and often fatal in humans, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Ebola has a 90-percent death rate, according to the World Health Organization. Equivir also has possible use in the treatment of infections caused by SARS COV2.
“We have seen the impact of a global virus over the past 24 months and now, more than ever, we need something that can potentially battle a variety of viruses,” said GRDG's Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr., United States Assistant Surgeon General (Retired) and former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are hopeful for Equivir’s use as a deployable strategic defense for a broad spectrum of infections.”
Working with ProPhase
Equivir is a blend of FDA Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) eligible polyphenols. The composition is projected to come in capsule form and be taken much like a multivitamin. This fits in with ProPhase Labs’ three decades of experience in researching, developing, distributing, marketing and selling over-the-counter consumer healthcare products and supplements.
“This licensing agreement with ProPhase Labs leverages its long track record of experience in manufacturing, marketing and distributing, which we believe will streamline the manufacturing and go to market process, allowing Equivir to be quickly distributed when and where it is needed,” said Frank. D. Heuszel, CEO of DSS.
About Impact BioMedical, Inc.
Impact BioMedical, Inc. ("Impact BioMedical") is a wholly owned subsidiary of DSS. Impact BioMedical strives to leverage its scientific know-how and intellectual property rights to provide solutions that have been plaguing the biomedical field for decades. By tapping into the scientific expertise of GRDG Sciences, LLC, Impact BioMedical pledges to undertake a concerted effort in the R&D, drug discovery and development for the prevention, inhibition, and treatment of neurological, oncological and immuno related diseases. For more information on Impact BioMedical visit http://impbio.com/.
About DSS, Inc.
DSS is a multinational company operating business segments in blockchain security, direct marketing, healthcare, consumer packaging, real estate, renewable energy, securitized digital assets, securities trading and fund management, and banking, lending, and finance. Its business model is based on a distribution sharing system in which shareholders receive shares in its subsidiaries as DSS strategically unlocks value through IPO spinoffs. Under new leadership since 2019, DSS has built the necessary foundation for sustainable growth through the acquisition and formation of a diversified portfolio of companies positioned to drive profitability in five high-growth sectors. These companies offer innovative, flexible, and real-world solutions that not only meet customer needs, but create sustainable value and opportunity for transformation.
For more information on DSS visit http://www.dssworld.com
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