Breakthrough Comes as Scientific Community Intensifies Anti-Aging Research
DETROIT, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EXT Life Sciences, Inc., a biotechnology start-up company spun off from
EXT founder Stanley R. Terlecky, Ph.D., a pharmacology professor at
"The preservation of good health and youthful appearance well into old age is critical to the EXT mission. Given the dramatic growth of an aging global population, our research presents a transformative development for society while also introducing business opportunities for the cosmeceutical and medical fields," said Dr. Terlecky.
EXT's targeted catalase technology, called CatSKL(TM), reintroduces catalase into the peroxisome (a compartment) of aged cells to reestablish the balance of pro- and anti-oxidants and has already earned patent protection in several countries. Dr. Terlecky's extensively published body of research validates the importance of maintaining the balance between catalase and the oxidants it neutralizes, not only in the follicles of graying hair, which is deemed the first visible sign of aging deterioration, but also in cells corrupted by diseases associated with the aging process such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
EXT's announcement occurs as the scientific community deepens its research into aging issues. In a recently published scientific report, researchers at England's University of Bradford discovered why hair turns gray as it ages. According to the study, hydrogen peroxide accumulates and "bleaches" hair due to the age-related absence of catalase. Specifically, amassed and highly destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS), often referred to as "free radicals" or "oxidants", damage melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, because the responsible enzyme, tyrosinase, is inactivated by the high levels of hydrogen peroxide. Dr. Terlecky says EXT'S research takes the Bradford study further.
"EXT not only understands the process that turns hair gray but offers an antidote to prevent or reverse the gray. We are ahead of the game in terms of nearing the point where we can act on our research and take a product to market," affirms Dr. Terlecky.
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About EXT Life Sciences, Inc.
EXT is a Michigan-based biotechnology company engaged in developing, manufacturing, and selling new classes of proprietary, targeted antioxidant biologicals to prevent, treat and cure diseases associated with aging in the global pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical markets. EXT, founded in 2004, was initially a joint venture with
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