Arch Scientists Successfully Image Brain Tumour Initiating Cells Using MRI
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) - Arch Biopartners Inc ("Arch") (CNSX:ACH)(OTCBB:FOIFF) today announced Arch scientists have successfully used magnetic resonance imaging ("MRI") to detect human brain tumour initiating cells in mice using Arch's proprietary cell targeting technology.
Brain tumour initiating cells (known as "BTICs") are believed to be the disease reservoirs of malignant glioma, which escape clinical intervention. Until now these cells were not visible using current diagnostic imaging techniques.
Malignant glioma is one of the deadliest brain cancers. The average patient with malignant glioma has a life expectancy of approximately 1 year and "long-term survivors" (i.e. surviving ≥ 3 years) are rare. The main cause of death is recurrence of tumours post-therapy, which is believed to result from undetected and untreated disease reservoirs.
Arch anticipates that the imaging of BTICs will lead to improvements in the surgical and therapeutic management of brain tumours.
A longer term objective is to adapt Arch's proprietary targeting molecules to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to BTICs and other brain cancer cells.
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.
Arch is developing non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic molecules for brain cancer through its fully owned subsidiary, Arch Cancer Therapeutics ("ACT"). These molecules are specialized peptides proprietary to ACT that target and identify BTICs and invasive brain cancer cells that are not normally seen using current diagnostic imaging techniques.
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