- Japanese patent for treating autoimmune disorders using midkine antibodies granted
- Novel mechanism of action boosting regulatory T cells
- USA patent already granted in 2012
SYDNEY, Friday, 18 October 2013: Cellmid Limited (ASX:CDY) advises that the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) granted Cellmid’s patent application JP 2007-544236 "Method for Treatment or Prevention of Diseases Associated with a Functional Disorder of Regulatory T Cells".
JP 2007-544236 is a member of a key patent family in Cellmid’s antibody patent portfolio. Its grant adds yet another layer of intellectual property protection to Cellmid’s anti-midkine antibody (MK antibody) programme.
JP 2007-544236 covers the use of MK antibodies to increase the number of regulatory T cells (Tregs). Tregs are central controllers of autoimmune responses; when Treg numbers are too low, the body’s immune system can attack its own tissues, leaving subjects vulnerable to autoimmune diseases. Increasing the Treg numbers can mitigate such autoimmune attack.
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