Arch Awarded Funding from the Government of Canada to Develop Brain Tumour Targeting Technology
TORONTO, CANADA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2012) - Arch Biopartners Inc. ("Arch" or the "Company") (CNSX:ACH)(OTCBB:FOIFF) today announced that the National Research Council of Canada - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has approved funding up to $107,000 to assist Arch in the development of diagnostic imaging applications for its brain tumour initiating cell ("BTIC") targeting technology.
Arch Cancer Therapeutics (ACT), a subsidiary of the Company, is currently working with NRC-IRAP to develop prototype BTIC diagnostic imaging agents for use in magnetic resonance imaging ("MRI").
It is anticipated that this assistance from NRC-IRAP will allow Arch to complete prototype development of its BTIC-targeting technology for use in MRI within the next 12 months.
BTICs are a cancer stem cell population that represent a significant disease reservoir believed to play an important role in the formation and recurrence of malignant glioma in humans. BTICs are not detected by current medical diagnostic imaging technologies.
About Arch Cancer Therapeutics
ACT is an Alberta corporation wholly owned by Arch Biopartners. ACT's objective is to develop non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic molecules for brain cancer. These molecules are specialized peptides proprietary to ACT that identify and target brain tumor initiating cells ("BTIC") and invasive brain cancer cells that are not normally seen using current state of the art diagnostic imaging techniques.
About Arch Biopartners
Arch Biopartners is a portfolio based biotechnology company established to develop new products and technology for sale to pharmaceutical and industrial companies.
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