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Sorrento Therapeutics and Ben-Gurion University Sign an Agreement for the Development of Anti-Hepatitis C Virus Antibodies
Date:7/9/2013

evalence of HCV infection is estimated to reach over 13 million people in the United States, EU, and Japan alone, of which only 13% are estimated to be diagnosed and treated.[1] In 2009, the total annual medical costs in the United States for people with hepatitis C are estimated to reach over $30 billion. In the next 20 years, total annual medical costs are expected to increase to approximately $85 billion.[2]

HCV is spread through direct contact with contaminated blood and ultimately leads to serious liver diseases, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer which are all long term consequences of untreated chronic HCV infection.[3] Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplantations in the United States and is reported to contribute to 15,000 deaths annually.[4],[5] With proper treatment, chronic hepatitis C can be cured; however, patients remain at an increased risk for progressive liver disease if they have not achieved complete viral clearance.[6],[7]

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Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. is a publicly-traded, development-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, acquisition, development and commercialization of proprietary drug therapeutics for addressing significant unmet medical needs in the Unites States, Europe and additional international markets. Sorrento Therapeutics' primary therapeutic focus is oncology but it is also developing therapeutics products for other indications, including inflammation, metabolic, and infectious diseases. Sorrento Therapeutics' proprietary G-MAB® fully-human antibody library platform was designed to facilitate the rapid identification and isolation of highly specific antibody therapeutic product candidates that bind to disease targets appropriate for antibody therapy. More information is available at <
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