In the study, polyurethane catheters treated with Ceragenins were soaked daily in a phosphate-suffered solution along with an untreated catheter. At day 21, the catheters were challenged with an inoculum of one million colony forming units of methicillin-resistant staph aurius (MRSA). The untreated control catheter had 30,000 bacterial colony forming units (CFUs) adhered to the catheter surface while the Ceragenin treated catheters had fewer than 100 CFUs adhered to the surface.
"This study demonstrates the potential for Ceragenins to be utilized as an antimicrobial treatment for indwelling medical devices," said Steven S. Porter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The duration efficacy of the Ceragenin treatment is also very significant, given that currently available antimicrobial coatings and treatments are generally efficacious for only 7 to 10 days. While further development work is needed, we are very encouraged by the results of this study."
The results of this study will be included in a webcast presentation being given later today by Dr. Paul B. Savage of Brigham Young University. Dr. Savage is the inventor of the Ceragenin technology, which Ceragenix has exclusively licensed from Brigham Young University. The webcast information is as follows: -0-
Date & Time: March 12, 2007 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time Webcast link for viewing presentation http://www.vcall.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=114215 Participant Dial in: U.S. and Canada (Toll Free): 877-407-0782 Participant Dial in: International: 201-689-8567 The call will be available for replay at http://www.investorcalendar.com/ClientPage.asp? ID=114215 or http://www.investorcalendar.com/ Replay Number for U.S. and Canada (Toll Free): 877-660-6853 Replay Number for International: 201-612-7415 Account # 286 Conference ID #: 232309
Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes novel anti-infective drugs based on its proprietary class of compounds, Ceragenins (or CSAs). Active against a broad range of gram positive and negative bacteria, these agents are being developed as anti-infective medical device coatings and as therapeutics for antibiotic-resistant organisms. Ceragenix also owns exclusive rights to Barrier Repair Technology for the treatment of dermatological disorders including atopic dermatitis, neonatal skin disorders and others. Ceragenix's patented Barrier Repair Technology, invented by Dr. Peter Elias and licensed from the University of California, is the platform for the development of two prescription topical creams--EpiCeram(TM) and NeoCeram(TM). For additional information on Ceragenix, please visit www.ceragenix.com.
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