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Quincy Bioscience Receives Patent for Jellyfish Protein Aequorin
Date:7/7/2010

Quincy Bioscience, a research-based biotechnology company, announced the issuance of United States patent No.7,671,015. The patent covers the use of aequorin-containing compounds for the purpose of preventing and alleviating symptoms and disorders related to calcium imbalance which include Alzheimer's disease.

Madison, Wis (Vocus) July 7, 2010 -- Quincy Bioscience, a research-based biotechnology company, announced the issuance of United States patent No.7,671,015. The patent covers the use of aequorin-containing compounds for the purpose of preventing and alleviating symptoms and disorders related to calcium imbalance.

“Quincy Bioscience continues to strengthen its position in developing this novel calcium-binding protein as a platform technology,” said Mark Underwood, president of Quincy Bioscience. “The neuron’s ability to manage calcium and maintain homeostasis is fundamental to proper function. Research has proven the cell’s inability to regulate calcium is a key pathophysiological component in many different brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. Based on our ongoing research of aequorin in various health conditions and what we know about the role of calcium in the body, we expect aequorin to be a vital protein in many aspects of healthy aging.”

Aequorin, which comes from a species of jellyfish called Aequorea victoria, is a calcium-binding protein. In humans calcium-binding proteins are utilized to maintain calcium balance which is critical to proper cell function. Aequorin has proven to be neuroprotective in pre-clinical studies performed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has shown to be effective at improving aspects of cognition such as spatial working memory and executive functi
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