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Pennington Patent Makes National News

Released: Tuesday, October 21, 2003

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center will be issued a patent for a new cancer treatment that will fight the most common forms – prostate, breast, ovarian and testicular cancer. This new treatment has killed cancerous tumors on laboratory mice while leaving normal cells unaffected. The treatment also destroys mestacized cells which spreads throughout the body and eventually results in death.

According to Pennington research experts, it is difficult to predict exactly when clinicals trials would start, if the drug makes it to that level; perhaps 1 to 3 years. When the drug would be available on a large scale is also difficult to predict. If research is funded, the drug passes all lab and clinical trials and is approved by the FDA, 10 to 12 years is a reasonable estimate.

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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. Itis a campus of the Louisiana State University System and conducts basic, clinical and population research. The research enterprise at the Center includes approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 50 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dieticians, and support personnel, and 19 highly specialized core service facilities.  The Center's more than 500 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 234-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.