This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Renowned Experts Affirm Potential Of Medgenics’ INFRADURE Technology For The Treatment Of Hepatitis B And D

Stocks in this article: MDGN MEDG

Medgenics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: MDGN and AIM: MEDU, MEDG) (the “Company”), the developer of a novel technology for the sustained production and delivery of therapeutic proteins in patients using their own tissue, today announced that during the recent annual conference of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) in Boston, it convened an active roundtable of top liver experts and regulatory advisors from the United States, Europe, Israel and Australia to discuss INFRADURE™ ,which the Company is developing to provide sustained interferon therapy for the treatment of hepatitis. Fifteen key opinion leaders in hepatitis met to interactively review Medgenics’ INFRADURE for its potential applications in the treatment of hepatitis B and hepatitis D. The session provided key input reflecting the latest clinical developments in hepatitis to optimize the clinical development strategy and regulatory approach for INFRADURE.

INFRADURE is designed to provide sustained interferon therapy using the patient’s own dermis tissue processed to produce and deliver interferon alpha continuously in the patient for months from a single treatment. Hepatitis B affects more than 350 million people worldwide and approximately 1.3 million in the U.S. Hepatitis D, an aggressive form of hepatitis, affects some 15 million people worldwide, and is estimated to afflict tens of thousands in the U.S. Hepatitis C affects an estimated 180 million people worldwide and 3 to 4 million in the U.S.

Nezam H. Afdhal, M.D., Chief of Hepatology, Director of Liver Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine, and a member of the Company’s Strategic Advisory Board who helped organize the meeting, commented, “This group of top leaders in the field of hepatitis concurred that INFRADURE holds much promise in addressing the unmet need in the treatment of hepatitis B, namely to eliminate the hepatitis B virus (HBV), not just contain it. Years of expensive oral antiviral treatments have not eliminated the HBV. Instead these treatments have acted to contain the disease as long as the patient takes them, with mounting costs and health risks. The group agreed that the gold standard of treating HBV is to eliminate the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) by activating the immune system to fight it, known as sero-conversion – which is attained in only a small percentage of patients using oral antiviral agents and only after long-term use. Sero-conversion against HBV and surface antigen elimination has been reported to be improved by one-to-two years of interferon alpha therapy. However, today this requires the patient to endure weekly injections of pegylated interferon alpha with its associated side effects, creating a significant challenge in patient compliance to complete treatment. INFRADURE has the potential to provide a much more practical and patient-compliant way to attain sero-conversion or surface antigen loss in a large proportion of patients by having the patient’s own tissue produce and deliver the protein instead of using injections, whether supplemental to oral treatments, or on its own.”

1 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs