SHELTON, CT / ACCESSWIRE / November 8, 2017 / NanoViricides, Inc. (NYSE American: NNVC) (the "Company") has announced that it has extended and expanded its in vivo testing agreement with researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for animal models of genital herpes, HSV-induced Acute Retinal Necrosis (ARN), and other herpes virus infections.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that has infected over 50M people in the US alone. It is estimated that there are over 500M cases world-wide. There are no effective topical treatments. Current standard of care consists of the use of oral Acyclovir or its analogues. Active cases of genital herpes in pregnant women about to deliver can lead to a lethal brain infection (herpes encephalitis) in the newborn child.
Acute retinal necrosis is characterized by severe ocular inflammation, retinal necrosis, and a high incidence of retinal detachment (RD) leading to visual loss and blindness. The disease is caused by members of the herpes virus family, including herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), varicella zoster virus (VZV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV-1).
The studies will be performed in the laboratory of Professor Curtis Brandt, Collaborative Ophthalmic Research Laboratories, CORL, at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Brandt is a Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Director of the Vision Research Core at the University of Wisconsin. Both Dr. Brandt and his staff have extensive experience working with different strains of the herpes virus. The Company has previously reported that the results of the evaluation of Nanoviricides' anti-herpes compounds in a disease-relevant animal model of ARN will be presented to the annual meeting of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans on November 10th, 2017, by Vivien Boniuk, MD, consulting ophthalmologist to the Company.
NanoViricides, Inc. (www.nanoviricides.com) is a development stage company that is creating special purpose nanomaterials for antiviral therapy. The Company's novel nanoviricide® class of drug candidates are designed to specifically attack enveloped virus particles and to dismantle them. The Company is developing drugs against a number of viral diseases, including VZV, oral and genital Herpes, viral diseases of the eye, including EKC and herpes keratitis, H1N1 swine flu, H5N1 bird flu, seasonal Influenza, HIV, Hepatitis C, Rabies, Dengue fever, and Ebola virus, among others.
CORL is a collaborative team of internationally recognized vision scientists founded on providing world-class vision research support for industry at the University of Wisconsin. CORL understands industry's timeline-driven culture and can collaborate with industry via fee-for-service agreements.
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