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Phosphagenics Signs Research Agreement with the Agricultural Research Service
Date:5/20/2013

MELBOURNE, Australia, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in treatment of mastitis
  • Major global market opportunity
  • Trials to begin in the second half 2013

Australian drug delivery technology company Phosphagenics Limited (ASX: POH, OTCQX: PPGNY) will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to develop and trial products targeting the serious bacterial infection mastitis in dairy cows.  ARS is the USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.

Under the agreement, Phosphagenics and ARS will formulate and evaluate products containing active ingredients in combination with the Company's TPM® delivery technology to enable superior absorption and efficacy. The products will include the formulation previously trialed by Phosphagenics with good results, as well as a formulation containing a Vitamin D derivative.

A preliminary study conducted by ARS in 2012 demonstrated that directly infusing the Vitamin D derivative into infected quarters of the mammary gland in infected dairy cows was able to significantly lower bacteria counts and clinical symptoms of mastitis.  The study also showed that cows treated with the derivative exhibited superior milk production.

The trials will begin mid-2013 and will be conducted in the U.S. by ARS.  Researchers will examine the effects and efficacy of the TPM® formulated products delivered via intra-mammary infusion using a protocol developed by ARS.  

Phosphagenics CEO, Dr Esra Ogru , said mastitis typically affected around 15% of the world's dairy herd at any given time.  In the USA alone
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