SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2016 – Link here. AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation (NYSEMKT: APHB), a global leader in the development of bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapies to treat drug-resistant infections, today announced that it has provided written notice to Intrexon to cancel the Exclusive Channel Collaboration (ECC) with Intrexon.
Under the terms of the agreement, AmpliPhi has the unilateral right to terminate the ECC upon 90 days’ notice at any time. AmpliPhi provided written notice to Intrexon following AmpliPhi’s Board of Directors’ approval of the cancellation of the ECC.
M. Scott Salka, CEO of AmpliPhi Biosciences, commented: “We thank Intrexon for their financial support dating back to 2013. Terminating this exclusive collaboration with Intrexon allows us to take advantage of the rapid advancements being made in the field of synthetic biology and frees us to partner with best-in-class technologies for genetically modifying phages to further improve their ability to conquer pathogenic bacteria resistant to current antibiotics.”
About AmpliPhi Biosciences
AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation (NYSEMKT: APHB) is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of novel bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapeutics. AmpliPhi’s product development programs target infections that are often resistant to existing antibiotic treatments. AmpliPhi is currently conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial of AB-SA01 for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus in chronic rhinosinusitis patients and expects data in the second half of 2016. AmpliPhi is also developing bacteriophage therapeutics targeting Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Clostridium difficile in collaboration with a number of leading organizations focused on the advancement of bacteriophage-based therapies.
Bacteriophage are naturally occurring viruses that are highly specific for the bacterial hosts they infect. They can rapidly kill their host, amplifying themselves in the process. Bacteriophage are unaffected by antibiotic resistance and are able to disrupt bacterial biofilms. Such biofilms are a major line of defense for bacteria, contributing to antibiotic resistance. Bacteriophage are able to penetrate biofilms and replicate locally to high levels, to produce strong local therapeutic effects.
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