SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) - ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc.®, a wholly owned subsidiary of IR BioSciences Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: IRBS), entered into a strategic collaboration with MPI Research today. Under the agreement, MPI Research will develop and perform preclinical, FDA-required safety studies and analytical research services in support of ImmuneRegen's lead drug candidate, Homspera®, which are expected to enable Phase 1 human clinical studies. Mutually agreeable financial incentives have been incorporated into the terms of this agreement.
"The signing of today's agreement with MPI Research allows us to begin our FDA-required safety studies immediately," said ImmuneRegen CEO Michael Wilhelm. "ImmuneRegen expects that the resulting studies will provide information necessary to support planned INDs for indications such as influenza, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and cancer. With this relationship, ImmuneRegen garners independent validation that the potential of our compound has significant value to industry. We feel our visibility to potential new partners will only increase as we achieve the significant milestones set forth by our development team. This is a pivotal time for the company and we believe this relationship confirms management's belief that our company is significantly undervalued."
William U. Parfet, MBA, Chairman and CEO of MPI Research, also recognizes the value this cooperative agreement creates and stated, "ImmuneRegen and MPI Research are both innovative companies that, together, create a synergy that is important within today's drug development industry. This collaboration reflects the flexible, solution-based mindset of each organization, allowing them to effectively leverage their respective strengths and resources."
About MPI Research
MPI Research, a preclinical contract research organization with global headquarters in Mattawan, Michigan, provides discovery, safety evaluation, bioanalytical, and analytical services to the biopharmaceutical, medical device, animal health, and chemical industries. Scientific knowledge and experience, integrity, trust, teamwork, and dedication to strong and enduring Sponsor relationships are the defining attributes that characterize MPI Research as a high-performance, high-quality organization that is committed to bringing safer and more effective products to the world. Learn more about how the company can exceed your expectations at www.mpiresearch.com.
About ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc.
ImmuneRegen BioSciences Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IR BioSciences Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: IRBS), is a development-stage biotechnology company focused on the research, development and licensing of Homspera® and its derivatives. Homspera is an adult stem cell active compound that in study results has been shown to regenerate and strengthen the immune system and enhance wound healing. Additional intended uses being developed include influenza as a stand-alone or combination therapy and as a vaccine adjuvant. To advance its mission, the Scottsdale, Arizona based company has forged numerous study partnerships with industry and academic leaders, including Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, HemoGenix, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Virion Systems. For more information, please visit www.immuneregen.com.
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