NanoViricides to Present Results On Successful Treatment Of Herpes-Induced Acute Retinal Necrosis at the Annual Meeting of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
SHELTON, CONNECTICUT -- Tuesday, October, 17, 2017 -- NanoViricides, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NNVC) (the "Company"), will present the results of its anti-herpes nanoviricide treatment for Viral Acute Retinal Necrosis (vARN) at the 2017 Annual meeting of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology to be held in New Orleans, LA.
v-ARN is a disease of the retina of the eye caused by various herpes viruses that leads to severe loss of vision and blindness. The infecting agent in this study was herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), the type of herpes virus that also causes genital herpes.
The abstract of the study has been accepted for presentation at this OMIG meeting on November 10th, 2017. Dr. Vivien Boniuk, consultant in ophthalmology at NanoViricides, Inc. will make the scientific presentation. The presentation will cover both the inhibition of virus infection and prevention of ocular tissue damage following virus infection.
Viral Acute Retinal Necrosis is characterized by severe ocular inflammation, retinal necrosis, and a high incidence of retinal detachment (RD) leading to visual loss and blindness. This disease is caused by members of the herpesvirus family, including, herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), varicella zoster virus (VZV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). An estimated 50,000 new and recurrent cases of viral ARN per year are reported in the United States alone.
The study was performed in the laboratory of Professor Curtis Brandt, Collaborative Ophthalmic Research Laboratories, CORL, at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Brandt is Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Director of the Vision Research Core at the University of Wisconsin.
NanoViricides believes that its broad-spectrum anti-herpes drug candidates being developed in its HerpeCide™ program may be capable of attacking many different herpesviruses. The Company intends to maximize shareholder value from this asset by aggressively expanding its portfolio of herpesvirus indications. The Company is already developing drugs for at least four different indications based on these broad-spectrum anti-herpes drug candidates, namely: (i) skin cream for the treatment of shingles (VZV), (ii) skin cream for the treatment of herpes labialis (HSV-1), (iii) eye drops for the treatment of herpes keratitis, a disease of the external eye (HSV-1), and (iv) skin cream for the treatment of genital herpes (HSV-2). Successful studies on vARN would add a fifth indication to this growing portfolio, further expanding the potential market.
(www.nanoviricides.com) is a development stage company that is creating special purpose nanomaterials for
antiviral therapy. The Company's novel nanoviricide® class of drug candidates are designed to specifically attack enveloped virus particles and to
dismantle them. The Company is developing drugs against a number of viral diseases including H1N1 swine flu, H5N1 bird flu, seasonal Influenza, HIV,
oral and genital Herpes, viral diseases of the eye including EKC and herpes keratitis, Hepatitis C, Rabies, Dengue fever, and Ebola virus, among
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Anil R. Diwan