Tetra Bio-Pharma and Ovensa Will Engage in a Collaboration to Tackle Brain Cancer

Tetra Bio-Pharma | April 11, 2019

OTTAWA, April 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. ("Tetra" or the "Company") (TSX-V: TBP) (OTCQB: TBPMF), today announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Ovensa Inc. ("Ovensa") to evaluate TRIOZAN™, a proprietary nanomedicine platform for targeted delivery of cannabinoids to brain tumor cells. "Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a common and fatal type of brain cancer and sadly took the lives of Senator John McCain and singer Gordon Downey. Our collaboration with Ovensa will evaluate if TRIOZANÔ allows a targeted delivery of cannabinoids to the brain tumor.  There is some published evidence demonstrating the activity of cannabinoids on brain tumors.  If successful this could provide an increased efficacy when this treatment is used as an adjunct to radiotherapy and or chemotherapy. This technology is also being investigated for the delivery of an antibody to the brain as part of a collaboration between Ovensa and Takeda Pharmaceutical. Our collaboration with Ovensa is part of our ongoing cancer research program,” said Dr. Guy Chamberland, CEO and CSO of Tetra Bio-Pharma. ‘’Ovensa’s TRIOZANTM Delivery Platform allows a high engineering flexibility where personalized nanomedicines are designed according to various parameters such as pathology, gene and molecular profile, cell targeting, type of payload, route of administration and multi-combination. The current collaboration is aimed at engineering a targeted Glioblastoma Dual-Cannabinoid TRIOZANTM-based therapeutic to achieve synergistic effects with therapeutic tools such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy”, said Ovensa's President and CEO, Mr. Stéphane Gagné.

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Injection systems that are attached to the patient's body (on-body delivery system OBDS) minimize possible risks, that can occur when drugs are administered by conventional needle-based injection systems (NIS). 

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PRNewswire | August 10, 2023

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