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Epeius Biotechnologies Applauds the Belated Scholarship of Their Academic Contemporaries in 2007, As Targeted Gene Therapy Comes of Age in Clinical Medicine
Date:12/18/2007

SAN MARINO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Epeius Biotechnologies Corporation announced today their appreciation of the accomplishments of their contemporaries in 2007, a truly remarkable year in terms of biomedical research, scholarship, and gonzo journalism. It was a year in which a definitive meeting entitled "In Vivo Barriers to Gene Delivery" was held at the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where Nobel laureate James Watson presides, or shall we say presided. The meeting served to inform the public and the scientific community that there were actual reasons that the much heralded promise of gene therapy had thus far failed to deliver. Perhaps, if the title of the meeting had been changed to "In Vivo Solutions to Gene Delivery," the scientists of Epeius Biotechnologies might have attended.

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2007 was a year that the 'experts' of all things targeted published a remarkable review article in Nature (Nature Reviews, Genetics, 2007, 8:573-587) entitled "Engineering Targeted Viral Vectors for Gene Therapy." Among the flotsam and jetsam of adenoviral shipwrecks, and the ruminative discourses on "Obstacles to Systemic Targeting," was an intriguing preface stating that "the first clinical trials have already begun to take place," and a brief notation that may be of considerable scientific interest. And we quote, "A third example is represented by the first and so far only targeted vector that has been tested in the clinic: the retroviral vector Rexin-G, which expresses a cytocidal dominant-negative form of cyclin G1." The article goes as far as to mention the fact that a number of clinical studies have "demonstrated the effectiveness of the vector" in the crucible of clinical medicine.

Ironically, 2007 is also the year in which the much acclaimed and heavily subsidized National Gene Vector Laboratories (NGVL) -- whose mission and "primary goal" as an academic vector product
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