Sep. 2, 2009 (TheNewswire.ca) --
Vancouver, B.C. September 2, 2009 - biOasis Technologies Inc. (OOTC:BIOAF) (TSXV:BTI) (TSX.V:BTI) is pleased to announce that Mr. Hugh MacNaught has agreed to advise the Company on its Global Business Development programs, commencing with the p97 biomarker for Alzheimer's disease initiative.
Mr. MacNaught is a senior executive focused on providing transformational leadership to technology ventures. He is recognized for his expertise in developing and commercializing technologies for companies ranging in size from university spin-outs to multinational companies. His experience within the medical and life science sectors includes management roles within Boehringer Mannheim (acquired by Roche), Kodak (NYSE:EK) (Johnson & Johnson) and Amersham (GE).
Mr. MacNaught has been aware of p97 as a diagnostic biomarker for Alzheimer's disease since its beginning, when he was asked to review the technology on behalf of an institutional investor. At that time he identified an opportunity to license the p97 test to a major pharmaceutical company, which was not pursued by the management team.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Hugh join the biOasis team.," says CEO Rob Hutchison. "His prior knowledge of p97 and his willingness to once again pickup the p97 torch speaks volumes as to his commitment to our technology and to his opinion of the gem that we are sitting on", "I look forward to working with Hugh as he contributes to building our business based on our Alzheimer's disease diagnostic test and our platform for delivery of molecules across the blood brain barrier ."
"I am delighted and excited to join the biOasis team," says Hugh MacNaught. "I've been aware of the company's patented technology which was developed by Dr. Wilf Jefferies (NYSE:JEF) at the University of British Columbia, and I am very aware of the opportunity that it presents to addressing the challenges associated with its ability to help Physician's diagnose Alzheimer's disease. This, coupled with the ability of p97 to shuttle compounds across the blood brain barrier provides multiple opportunities for biOasis to create a portfolio of novel and important products."
biOasis Technologies Inc. is a Canadian Life Sciences (OOTC:LFSCQ) company focused on the Health Care & Life Sciences market, and is engaged in the development and commercialization of diagnostics and therapeutic delivery systems related to neurological diseases. It has extensive and comprehensive intellectual property ("IP"), which it obtained from The University of British Columbia. The Company's initial area of focus has been on the utilization of the IP to pursue a biomarker for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. This IP has been corroborated in double- blinded and successive multi-site clinical trials.
The Company is also accelerating its work on its Blood Brain Barrier Compound Delivery Platform ("B3CDP") that has been independently verified to shuttle a variety of therapeutic compounds across the Blood Brain Barrier.
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