Monday, May 25, 2015

Benitec Biopharma signs manufacturing deal for hepatitis C treatment

Benitec Biopharma signs manufacturing deal for hepatitis C treatment

Monday, May 25, 2015 by Proactive Investors

Benitec Biopharma (ASX:BLT) has entered into an agreement with Maryland-based Omnia Biologics to manufacture material for its current first-in-man clinical trial for its TT-034 hepatitis C treatment.

This ensures the company has enough clinical material to complete the current trial.

The company is also moving to establish its own scalable manufacturing process in collaboration with third parties to supply large markets it is targeting.

Hepatitis C Treatment

TT-034 is a ddRNAi-based therapeutic that is designed to treat and potentially cure hepatitis C with a single administration.

It targets the hepatitis C viral RNA at three separate, highly conserved sites, which minimises the ability of the virus to mutate and escape the therapy.

Once it reaches the liver cells, it enters the nucleus and produces three separate short hairpin RNAs continuously for the live of the cell.

This has the potential to guard against reinfection for months to years without the need to re-treat.

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