About Generx The Generx™ (alferminogene tadenovec, Ad5FGF-4) product candidate represents a new class of cardiovascular biologics that is being developed to leverage the body's natural healing processes in response to repeated ischemic stress (insufficient blood flow and myocardial oxygen supply due to coronary heart disease). The natural biologic response to repeated transient ischemia is angiogenesis, the growth of new collateral blood vessels, which is orchestrated by a complex and incompletely understood cascade involving many myocardial-derived growth factors. These newly-formed vessels can effectively augment blood flow and oxygen delivery to parts of the patient's heart downstream from a blockage in a coronary artery. In many patients however, including those with recurrent angina, coronary collateral vessel formation is insufficient to meet the heart's needs during stress. Currently available anti-anginal drugs, which may provide symptomatic relief, are generally designed to alter the oxygen demand of the heart muscle or dilate vessels to temporarily relieve angina. Generx is an angiogenic therapeutic product candidate that is designed to promote the heart's natural response of collateral growth and to increase blood flow in the microcirculation. In contrast to the transient symptomatic relief by marketed anti-anginal medicines, usually taken several times a day for years, a single administration of Generx aims at modifying the disease by permanent or long-lasting structural changes in the heart.
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|SOURCE Cardium Therapeutics|
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