Ambrilia Biopharma Inc. and ZBx Corporation Extend the Exclusive License Option Agreement for the Worldwide Rights to Ambrilia's PSP94 Technology for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Published: Nov 30, 2009
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - November 30, 2009) - Ambrilia Biopharma Inc. (TSX: AMB) announced today that it has extended the exclusive license option agreement with ZBx Corporation that granted ZBx the worldwide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize Ambrilia's PSP94 technology in ZBx's Zap™ Rapid Test System and Assays.
The terms of the extension provide an additional period ending on May 31, 2010. During this period, ZBx intends to have completed a third party evaluation of Ambrilia's PSP94 technology in the detection of prostate cancer and to advance the adaptation of the PSP94 technology to the ZAP™ Rapid Test System and other testing systems for commercial exploitation. At any time during the extended evaluation period, ZBx is entitled to exercise its option to an exclusive license, upon which Ambrilia would be eligible to receive up to a total of $US3.6 million with the achievement of all development and commercialization milestones. In addition, Ambrilia would be entitled to royalties on sales, as well as a percentage share of any sublicense proceeds. ZBx will cover all costs associated with the evaluation and future costs associated with the further development, manufacturing and commercialization. No additional financial details were disclosed.
Any recovery for creditors and other stakeholders, including shareholders, is uncertain and is highly dependent upon a number of factors, including the outcome of Ambrilia proceedings under the CCAA.
PSP94 (Prostate Secretory Protein) is one of three predominant proteins found in human seminal fluid along with prostate specific antigen (PSA) and prostate acid phosphatase (PAP). Studies have shown that PSP94 protein expression in the serum is lower (unlike PSA which goes up with cancer) in malignant versus benign versus healthy conditions of the prostate as it is believed to be a tumor suppressor. PSP94-based tests measure the amount of free PSP94, bound PSP94 and PSP94 binding protein present in the blood, the relative ratios of which have been shown to have clinical utility in prostate cancer prognosis, diagnosis and monitoring.
About Ambrilia Biopharma Inc.
Ambrilia Biopharma Inc. (TSX: AMB) is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for viral diseases and cancer. The Company's strategy aims to capitalize on its broad portfolio and original expertise in virology. Ambrilia's product portfolio is comprised of oncology and antiviral assets, including two new formulations of existing peptides for cancer treatment, a targeted delivery technology for cancer, an HIV protease inhibitor program as well as HIV integrase and entry inhibitors, Hepatitis C virus inhibitors and anti-Influenza A compounds. Ambrilia's head office, research and development and manufacturing facilities are located in Montreal. For more information, please visit the Company's web site: www.ambrilia.com. The Company is currently subject to court protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) ("CCAA").
About ZBx Corporation
ZBx develops unique rapid diagnostic platforms and assays using its proprietary small sample, whole blood testing technology. ZBx products are marketed under the trade name ZAP™ or OEM arrangements. The ZAP™ Test System makes single drop-of-blood sampling and a one-step testing procedure a practicality along with features of speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. ZBx was formed in 2002 to exploit and partner opportunities in the development and manufacture and commercialization of rapid diagnostic tests and assays in the fields of cardiology, oncology, infectious diseases, toxicology and others. ZBx's development and manufacturing capability has been certified under ISO 13485 as a Certified Medical Device Business. ZBx has also received its Medical Device Establishment License from the Therapeutic Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada. ZBx's head office, research and development and manufacturing facilities are located in Toronto. For more information, please visit the Company's web site: www.zbx.ca
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Ambrilia Biopharma Inc.
Richard La Rue, L.L.L., D.D.N.
Interim President & CEO
514-751 2003 ext 233
Chairman & CEO