On the Horizon: Pheromone Sciences Commercializing the 'Reversal of Diabetes'

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Research being conducted at the University of Western Ontario by a world-renown immunologist may help bring about the commercialization of a surgical procedure for patients with Type 1 diabetics.

Current diabetic research being conducted by Pheromone Sciences (TSX:PHS) may build upon the University of Minnesota’s success in reversing diabetes in monkeys with islet cell transplants derived from the pancreas of pigs. One of the problems with the Minnesota animal experiments were the use of a cocktail of immunosuppression drugs to help the immune systems of monkeys accept the islet cells from pig pancreas.

Dr. David White, chairman of the scientific advisory board for Pheromone Science Corp and Novartis/Stiller Professor of Xenotransplantation at the University of Western Ontario, told StockInterview.com, “When it comes to animal-to human transplants, the amount of immunosuppressive drugs that you have to give to stop this rejection is dangerous to the patient.” White told StockInterview, “We’ve been looking for a way to transplant these islets without having to give these dangerous drugs.”

The world-renown immunologist’s procedure would inject a combination of Sertoli cells and islet cells from pigs into the Type 1 diabetic patient to eliminate the necessity of immunosuppression drugs and to prevent the body’s rejection of the transplanted cells. The use of Sertoli cells would facilitate acceptance of the pig islet cells by the human body’s immune system.” We’re actually in the curious situation that we already have the clinical trials done, and now we’re working on the pre-clinical studies,” Dr. White told StockInterview.

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