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BioMolecular Therapeutics, a New Global Player in RNAi Therapeutics, Launches Company and Adds Key Advisors
Date:10/19/2010

s Reduced Innate Immune Stimulation by asiRNA Structure: Expanding Therapeutic Application of siRNA.

About Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

A leading cause of vision loss and blindness, AMD is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. According to the National Eye Institute, age-related macular degeneration affects more than 1.75 million individuals in the United States alone. This number is expected to increase to almost three million by 2020.

About BioMolecular Therapeutics, Inc. (www.bmtlab.co.kr)

An early-stage biopharmaceutical company, BMT is pioneering the development of novel RNAi therapeutics to prevent and treat age-related macular degeneration based on the company's proprietary technology, asymmetric shorter-duplex siRNA (asiRNA). This novel RNAi technology significantly reduces deleterious side effects triggered by conventional siRNA, especially, the stimulation of the innate immune system, which makes it feasible to use asiRNA for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, a disease to which RNAi therapeutics could not be developed using conventional siRNAs. Other potential applications for BMT's technology include therapeutics targeting infectious disease, such as herpes simplex virus (HSV), and cancer. A privately held company based in Suwon, South Korea, BMT was established in 2010.


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