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Sernova was founded in 2006
Sernova is a clinical-stage company developing products for the treatment of chronic debilitating diseases using therapeutic cells transplanted into an implanted medical device, the Cell Pouch™. The Cell Pouch™ forms a natural environment for the long-term survival and function of the therapeutic cells which release needed proteins or hormones. The company’s first products are for the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes.
Sernova’s Cell Pouch™, combined with its Sertolin™ local immune protection technology, offers therapeutic cells local protection from immune system attack creating an effective, safe, long-term and convenient therapeutic option for patients with chronic disease who seek to improve their quality of life.
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Sernova Receives Approval to Extend Term of Warrants / May 05, 2017
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Sernova is committed to the development and clinical advancement of its products for chronic diseases using therapeutic cells transplanted into an implanted medical device, forming a natural environment promoting long term function of the therapeutic cells. The company’s management believes in building strong and long-lasting collaborations and partnerships that would lead to the rapid advancement of Sernova’s portfolio of products into the market, improving global health and bringing value to patients and society.
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Sernova's 2017 Corporate Presentation - PDF Presentation / September 11, 2017 OpenAll Presentations →
Cell Pouch System™
Sernova’s Cell Pouch System™ is a novel implantable and scalable medical device which forms a natural environment in the body for the housing and long-term survival and function of therapeutic cells. These therapeutic cells release necessary proteins or hormones missing from the body to treat chronic diseases as an alternative to daily administration of drugs.Read More…
Sertolin™ provides an immune-protected local environment for transplanted therapeutic cells such as insulin producing islets by producing factors which modulate the local immune response. Sertolin™ may reduce or eliminate the need for immunosuppressant agents.Read More…
Dr. David White (Chair)
Chairman - Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. White graduated from the Universities of Surrey and Cambridge and in 1975 was awarded a PhD in Immunology from Cambridge.
He was Board Certified in Pathology in 1984 (MRCPath) and elected as a fellow of the college in 1995 (FRCPath). Dr. White holds appointments on the Editorial Board of several major international transplantation journals, has served as a member of government advisory committees, and has been awarded a number of academic prizes for his work.
He has published over 300 scientific papers on subjects related to transplant immunology.
Dr. White first became interested in transplantation while undertaking research at the Department of Surgery at Cambridge University in the 1970s.
In conjunction with Professor Sir Roy Calne, he undertook much of the original experimental and clinical work that led to the development of the immunosuppressive drug Cyclosporin A.
The drug became pivotal in preventing organ rejection following transplantation and has allowed new transplantation procedures to be developed.
His research into the immunological process underlying rejection of organ transplants led him to investigate how the immune system could be modified to enable successful transplantation of non-human organs - potentially solving the 'organ donor crisis'.
These studies led Dr White in 1992 to create the world's first genetically engineered pigs whose organs and tissues were modified for transplantation into humans.
In 1984 he and transplant surgeon John Wallwork founded Imutran Limited, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Novartis Pharma AG in 1996, and Dr White was appointed to the Novartis Global Research Management Board.
In 2000 Dr White was appointed the Novartis/Stiller Professor of Xenotransplantation at the University of Western Ontario.Go back
Sernova was founded in 2006 - London, Ontario;
On September 20, the Company announced it had received TSX Venture Exchange approval to change its name to Sernova Corp.
In April the Board of Directors brought in a new management team to find viable research and development projects suitable for the Company. On May 16, 2006 the Company announced it had closed a joint venture agreement with Sertonex Inc., a private medical research company based in London Ontario, and Sertoli Technology Inc., a private intellectual property company based in Tucson Arizona. The joint venture allows the Company to own the exclusive rights to the research efforts and intellectual property related to a potential breakthrough treatment for diabetes. That project is now the Company's main focus.
On May 4th, Pheromone Sciences Corp announced the conclusion of negotiations with HealthWatchSystems, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida for the sale of all patents, intellectual property and supplies related to the Fertility Monitor. At the company's annual and special shareholder meeting on August 25, 2004, the sale was accepted by the shareholders and the asset sale agreement was then closed on August 31, 2004. The monitor is now sold under the name OV-Watch and Sernova receives royalties on the net sales.
In February, through a Share Exchange Agreement, PCS was acquired by Mecca Medi-Tech Inc. (MEC), a venture capital pool company trading on the Canadian Venture Exchange. The combined new entity was named Pheromone Sciences Corporation.
Pheromone Sciences first commercial product brought to market was the PSC Fertility Monitor. The monitor set a new benchmark in family planning and provides a more reliable and user-friendly approach to natural, cycle-based fertility status measurement. The PSC Fertility Monitor is a non-invasive method of predicting ovulation and the fertile window of women through the measurements of sweat ion changes on the surface of the skin. It is a small wristwatch-like device, containing an interactive microprocessor combined with a biochemical sensor allowing it to produce data that predicts the fertility status of the user (not-fertile, fertile or ovulating). The computed results can then be viewed on the LCD screen of the device and/or the user can be alerted via optional audio signals.
PCS succeeded in characterizing a human (female) pheromone, naming it PSC Synchronin.
Pheromone Sciences Corporation (PCS) was a private corporation founded by Doug Marett, M.Sc. in 1992.