[ASC-media] LCT granted diabetes patent across the EU

Paris Brooke PBrooke at lctglobal.com
Fri Oct 20 03:44:36 CEST 2006

 ASX Announcement


Living Cell Technologies granted diabetes patent across the EU

October 19, 2006


Living Cell Technologies (ASX:LCT) has today received confirmation of the decision by the European Patent Office to grant LCT an EU patent relating to its porcine pancreatic islet cell product for type 1 diabetes.


The patent, titled Preparation and Xenotransplantation of Porcine Islets (number 1248640) extends LCT's coverage in treating type 1 diabetic patients with its DiabeCell® product and adds to LCT's existing portfolio of US and Australasian granted patents.


The patent claims are directed to xenotransplantable compositions comprising neo-natal porcine islet cells that have been exposed to nicotinamide and optionally encapsulated in alginate.


"LCT has broad patent coverage in major geographical markets for the company's diabetes product with patents already granted in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and now Europe," said LCT Managing Director Dr Paul Tan.


"The granting of this patent is part of LCT's intellectual property strategy to support our diabetes program which includes plans for human clinical trials of DiabeCell® next year," said Dr Tan.


LCT submitted a regulatory application to the New Zealand regulator MedSafe in August for clinical trials for its DiabeCell® product for type 1 diabetes patients.


The national phase registrations of this patent extend LCT's DiabeCell® patent to 15 European countries including France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. 


The patent, assigned to LCT's IP holding subsidiary DiabeCell Pty Ltd, was filed in 2001 and expires in 2021. 


Outlook for 2006/2007:


*         Approval to start clinical trials of the DiabeCell product.

*         Submission of Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the FDA for NeurotrophinCell.

*         Securing of an additional Designated-Pathogen-Free pig cell manufacturing facility 


Further information:

Paul Tan

LCT Managing Director - NZ

Tel: +64 9 270 7941

ptan at lctglobal.com

Paris Brooke 

General Manager LCT

Tel: +61 3 9813 5501

pbrooke at lctglobal.com 


About Living Cell Technologies: www.lctglobal.com.

Living Cell Technologies Ltd (ASX: LCT) is an ASX listed, vertically integrated cell therapy company, operating globally through offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. LCT focuses on the injection of healthy living cells to replace, repair, or regenerate diseased or damaged tissues, which does not require the use of toxic drugs to prevent rejection. The company product portfolio focuses on treatments for Huntington's disease / stroke / ALS, insulin dependent diabetes and haemophilia.




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