HepaLife Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:HPLF) (FWB:HL1) (WKN:500625) today announced that the Company will present new data from ongoing research and development of its artificial liver device technology at the 6th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), June 11-14, 2008. The conference will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The world's premier stem cell research event, the ISSCR Annual Meeting attracts an elite audience of researchers, biotechnology visionaries and governmental representatives to discuss and present findings at the forefront of stem cell research.
Entitled "Maintenance of hepatic cell function by the PICM-19H Porcine Liver Stem Cell Line cultured in a bioartificial liver", the data will be presented by Neil C. Talbot, PhD, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory.
"We are honored to present at the ISSCR Conference," stated Mr. Frank Menzler, President and CEO of HepaLife Technologies, Inc. "This leading stem cell research meeting is an important forum to discuss HepaLife's research accomplishments. Our research team has made significant progress on the development of our bioartificial liver device, including our patented PICM-19 liver stem cell line. We very much look forward to sharing new data from our bioartificial liver program with the scientific community."
Earlier this month HepaLife announced that the Company's proprietary bioartificial liver device has successfully demonstrated key liver functions in a model of the human liver failure environment, prompting researchers to move towards in vivo animal studies.
Please see press release from April 7, 2008 (http://www.hepalife.com/press_releases/20080407-1.html.php).
In tests designed to represent the environment present when treating human liver failure patients, HepaLife's patented PICM-19 liver cells were exposed to human blood plasma and toxic ammonia. Notably, HepaLife's PICM-19 cell line successfully removed toxic ammonia, produced urea, and expressed CYP-450 enzymes - - all leading indicators of liver function.
HepaLife is presenting additional artificial liver data and research findings at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) in San Francisco, June 19-21, 2008.
Please see press release from March 25, 2008 (http://www.hepalife.com/press_releases/20080325-1.html.php).
HepaLife(TM) Bioartificial Liver
Intended for the treatment of liver failure, the HepaLife(TM) Bioartificial Liver device consists of three basic components: (1) a plasma filter, separating the patient's blood into blood plasma and blood cells; (2) the bioreactor, a unit filled with the patented PICM-19 liver stem cell line which biologically mimics the liver's function; and (3), the HepaDrive(TM), a perfusion system for pumping the patient's plasma through the bioreactor while controlling gas supply and temperature for best possible performance of the cells.
Positive results from recent in-vitro tests of HepaLife's proprietary bioartificial liver were announced earlier this month. The ammonia utilization models constructed from data collected during successive PICM-19 cell hollow-fiber bioreactor runs indicate that the Bioartificial Liver device currently exhibits an excess of the capacity needed to treat animals in initial in-vivo tests. The same in-vitro experiments have confirmed that the capacity for ammonia removal and urea production by the PICM-19 cell line is unaffected by the presence of normal human serum - an important milestone leading towards initial in-vivo trials.
International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
The International Society for Stem Cell Research is an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application. The ISSCR Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to hear groundbreaking research from all areas of stem cell science. The meeting is an excellent forum for scientists to present and discuss their latest research, with participants from academic, industry and government settings from around the world. The 2007 Annual Meeting held in Cairns, Australia did draw more than 1,900 registrants.
ABOUT HEPALIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, HepaLife Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: HPLF) (FWB: HL1) (WKN: 500625) is a developer of cell-based medical technologies addressing prevalent human health concerns.
Current cell-based technologies under development by HepaLife include 1) the first-of-its-kind artificial liver device, 2) proprietary in-vitro toxicology and pre-clinical drug testing platforms, and 3) novel cell-culture based vaccine production methods for the manufacture of vaccines against H5N1 avian influenza and other viruses.
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