Upstream Biosciences Inc. Announces Provisional Patent Filing of Prostate Cancer Prognosis Biomarkers
VANCOUVER, BC (rushprnews) March 27, 2007 — Upstream Biosciences Inc. (OTC BB:UPBS.OB – News) (“Upstream” or “the Company”), an emerging leader in the field of genetic diagnostics for cancer and the prediction of drug response, announces a provisional patent filing of prostate cancer biomarkers that could be useful for determining the course of treatment for prostate cancer patients. This filing meets the Company’s fourth milestone related to the recent financing announced March 5, 2007.
According to the Mayo Clinic, when a biopsy confirms the presence of prostate cancer, the next step, called grading, is to determine the aggressiveness of the cancer. The most common cancer grading scale runs from 1 to 5, with 1 being the least aggressive form of cancer. These numbers, known as Gleason scores, may be helpful in determining which treatment option is best. Upstream’s genetic markers combined with the Gleason scores could help determine if a patient is likely to have an aggressive form of prostate cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test, the most commonly used test for prostate cancer screening, does not discriminate between cancers that require treatment and those that do not. This can result in unnecessary treatment with severe side effects such as impotence, urinary incontinence and death.
“Our genetic markers could help physicians determine the best course of treatment for prostate cancer patients,” says Upstream CEO Joel Bellenson. “Our technology could complement existing tests used for prostate cancer prognosis.” Upstream is developing diagnostic tests that may aid in the early detection of cancer by identifying individuals with disease susceptibility. Upstream is also developing diagnostic tests that may determine whether a drug will be useful or harmful to an individual patient based on their genetic profile. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, each year 100,000 people die in the United States due to adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
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