LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (OTCQB:PMCB), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted treatments for cancer and diabetes using its signature live-cell encapsulation technology, Cell-in-a-Box ®, today announced that it has submitted a request for a pre-IND meeting with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its planned clinical trial in locally advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer (LAPC). PharmaCyte has submitted questions to the FDA as part of a pre-IND meeting request where aspects of the content of the Investigational New Drug (IND) application itself (CMC section, clinical trial description, etc.) will be discussed. After the FDA has responded to the questions and issued comments, PharmaCyte must address them to the FDA's satisfaction. A review of PharmaCyte's responses by the FDA will then take place at the formal pre-IND meeting where final agreement between PharmaCyte and the FDA on all aspects discussed will be reached. With this information, the IND will be submitted by PharmaCyte and reviewed by the FDA. Once the IND is found to be acceptable to the FDA, patients can be enrolled in PharmaCyte's clinical trial. PharmaCyte's Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth L. Waggoner, said of the meeting request, "We are pleased that PharmaCyte has taken the first step towards regulatory approval in the United States of its therapy for LAPC. When I started to lead this company in January 2014, my first goal was to surround our technology with the best of the best in the biotech sector. I believe we have more than accomplished this goal as we have compiled an internationally renowned team that will lead PharmaCyte into what we expect to be a pivotal human clinical trial. My second goal was to get our therapy to the FDA, and with this pre-IND meeting request, we have accomplished this goal as well. My ultimate goal, of course, was and is to get our pancreatic cancer therapy into clinical trials and approved by the FDA. I feel we are well on our way to accomplishing this goal."