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Abattis Participates In Project On A Whole Plant Therapeutic For Treating Malaria And Other Diseases And Reducing Drug Resistance
Date:3/8/2013

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. ("Abattis" or the "Company") (CNSX: FLU) (OTC: ATTBF), is pleased to announce its participation in a research project led by Pamela Weathers , Professor of Biology and Biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. that is investigating a whole plant therapeutic for treating malaria and other diseases, one that may also reduce drug resistance.

Mr. Mike Withrow , Chief Executive Officer on behalf of the Company, stated, "We are very excited to have the opportunity to explore a highly innovative approach to treat those diseases that are responsive to artemisinin. Our vertical hydroponic system and extraction methods could assist Professor Weathers' efforts in cultivating Artemisia annua for further developing this therapeutic technology."

Artemisinin, derived from the sweet wormwood plant, Artemisia annua, is an effective treatment for malaria, but it is expensive to produce (particularly when combined with other antimalarial medications to make it less prone to resistance) and is frequently in short supply. Research by the Weathers team has shown that powdered dried leaves from the plant may be a far more effective antimalarial treatment than purified artemisinin and may greatly reduce the risk of resistance.

"Working with Abattis provides an exciting opportunity to move this important medicinal plant into commercial utility for broader public use. I am looking forward to what I anticipate will be a very fruitful relationship," said Professor Weathers.

Professor Weathers received her Ph.D. at the Michigan State University Plant Research Lab in 1974. She has received numerous awards for her research and many international speaking invitations. She is a Fellow of the Society for In Vitro Biology. Her work on A. annu
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