Dr. Hyslop to Assist in Development of Cannabis-based Cancer Treatments
SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (NVLX), an international biotechnology company providing cell and gene therapy solutions for the treatment of diseases, announced today that Richard M. Hyslop, Ph.D. has agreed to join the Scientific Advisory Board of Medical Marijuana Sciences, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc.
Dr. Hyslop, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado, is the first member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Medical Marijuana Sciences recruited by the Board’s Chairman, Mark L. Rabe, MD. Dr. Hyslop obtained his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas. His areas of expertise include anti-cancer drug design, the metabolism of anti-cancer drugs and studies of enzymes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions in biological tissues.
Dr. Rabe believes that Dr. Hyslop’s experience with cancer drugs and enzymology will prove to be invaluable in pursuing the goals of Medical Marijuana Sciences that include developing treatments, which employ constituents of Cannabis together with the Cell-in-a-Box(TM) cellulose-based live-cell encapsulation technology, for some of the deadliest forms of cancer. His location in Colorado, one of the states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, is anticipated to facilitate Dr. Hyslop’s efforts in this regard, according to Dr. Rabe.
PharmaCyte Biotech’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Gerry Crabtree commented “Dr. Rabe’s recruitment of Dr. Hyslop is an important first step in building a Scientific Advisory Board for Medical Marijuana Sciences that is diverse in terms of talent and that we believe will play a very important role in the development of PharmaCyte Biotech as a whole. Dr. Hyslop’s recruitment was accomplished in a very short time after Dr. Rabe’s appointment as the Board’s Chairman, and we expect additional members to be added to the Board in the relatively near future.”
About PharmaCyte Biotech:
PharmaCyte Biotech is a biotechnology company with the rights to a novel cellulose-based live-cell encapsulation technology, called Cell-in-a-Box(TM), that will be used as a platform upon which treatments for several types of cancer, including advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer and diabetes are being built. The Company’s treatment for pancreatic cancer involves the use of the widely used anticancer prodrug, ifosfamide, together with encapsulated live cells that convert ifosfamide into its active or “cancer-killing” form. PharmaCyte Biotech’s subsidiary, Medical Marijuana Sciences, Inc., is dedicated to the development of cancer treatments based upon the well-known chemical constituents of marijuana. PharmaCyte Biotech is exploring ways in which the Cell-in-a-Box(TM) technology may play a role in these efforts.
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