Genesis Biopharma Announces Issuance of European Patent for Anti-CD55 Targeted Cancer Therapy

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Genesis Biopharma, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: GNBP), a biotechnology company developing targeted cancer therapies, today announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued EPO Patent Grant No. 1565494 providing broad coverage on Genesis anti-CD55 antibodies for use as a therapeutic treatment in multiple cancers.  The patent, which expires in 2023, is registered to the U.K.-based Cancer Research Technology, Ltd. (CRT) and licensed to Genesis Biopharma.

The patent "CD55-Interaction Partners and the Uses Thereof" covers use of the Genesis anti-CD55 antibodies both as a monotherapy and as a combination therapy, including their use in combination with marketed antibody therapies.  Patent coverage includes France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.  Genesis Biopharma is pursuing related patent applications for its anti-CD55 program in the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.  

"This patent supports our intellectual property strategy for our anti-CD55 program and provides broad technology coverage in the major European healthcare market," said Robert Brooke, Genesis Biopharma president and CEO.  "It also bodes well for our pending patent applications in other nations."  

Genesis Biopharma is developing its anti-CD55 antibody therapy to neutralize a key cancer defense mechanism that has been found to be over-expressed in more than 80% of solid tumors.  The therapy could provide a safe alternative to toxic chemotherapy regimens.  The company is initially addressing metastatic colorectal cancer and lymphoma, and is making progress toward an IND filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Genesis Biopharma plans to seek partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to support clinical development programs at the earliest appropriate time.

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Genesis Biopharma, Inc. is a development-stage biotechnology company engaged primarily in the development of targeted cancer therapies.  For more information on the company, visit

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