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OmegaGenesis Unveils Novel Nanotechnology Platform With Broad Biomedical Applications
Date:12/15/2008

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OmegaGenesis, based in California and Minnesota, was founded in February of 2008 with seed capital from venture investors. The company anticipates to advance its current programs through much of the preclinical stages on existing capital, then pursue another round of financing in the second quarter of 2009.

In addition to Mr. Raza, OmegaGenesis will be led by Salah Sedarous, Ph.D., chief technology officer and co-founder, Don Morrison, executive vice president of corporate development and Dennis Kushner, executive vice president of operations. Riaz Karamali and Karen Cannan of Sheppard Mullin lead legal affairs and patent filings.

OmegaGenesis will continue an ongoing collaboration with Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., head of the Mayo Clinic research team studying the properties of a number of rare earth element nano-materials as well as angiogenesis. Dr. Mukhopadhyay's research has demonstrated that europium hydroxide nanorods promote growth of new blood vessels. The europium hydroxide nanorods are between 100 to 300 nanometers in length and one and 30 to 50 nanometers in diameter. One nanometer is 10(-9) meter or about 1/100,000 of the diameter of a human hair.

"Combining nano-materials technology, and the wealth of existing knowledge about angiogenesis, OmegaGenesis is pioneering the development of nano-scale biomedical therapies," added Raza. "Using this novel approach, the company is moving towards treatments that are safer and less invasive than conventional medicines."

About OmegaGenesis

OmegaGenesis is a biotechnology company based in Gilroy, Calif., and Rochester, Minn. OmegaGenesis was founded in 2008 to bring Mayo Clinic core research and resulting products to market based on the idea that controlling blood vessel growth would improve human body management for a diverse set of medical applications ranging from ca
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