OWEGO, NY – CPSI Biotech announced today the publication of a peer-reviewed article detailing the potential benefit of the combination of heat (hyperthermia) and freezing (cryoablation) based ablation strategies for the targeting of pancreatic cancer. The study, titled Dual Thermal Ablation of Pancreatic Cancer Cells as an Improved Combinatorial Treatment Strategy, published as an open access article in the journal Liver and Pancreatic Sciences, was a multi-institutional collaboration between researchers from CPSI and Binghamton University.

The article details the impact of treating pancreatic cancer cells using two ablative strategies, cryo and hyperthermic ablation, used clinically to treat pancreatic as well as other cancers. One arm of the study investigated the impact of the combined application of these ablative treatments strategies on pancreatic cancer in an in vitro cell model. The data show that the combination of exposing cancer cells to heat based ablation followed by freezing results in increased cell death compared to when either is applied as a single exposure (mono) therapy. Commenting on the article, Dr. John M. Baust (President and Lead Scientist, CPSI Biotech) stated “this study demonstrates that ablative therapies provide for an effective means of destroying pancreatic cancer cells. These initial findings from this in vitro suggest that further investigation into the use of a dual thermal ablation regime for treating pancreatic cancer is warranted.”

This study was conducted as part of CPSI’s ongoing research and technology development program focused on the development of a next generation cryoablation device (FrostBite™) and approach for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The initial development efforts behind FrostBite™ and the DTA study have been supported, in part, by a Phase I and II SBIR grant awarded to CPSI by the National Cancer Institute. Ongoing efforts at CPSI continue to build upon this success and are focusing on further development, optimization and testing of FrostBite™ for the treatment of pancreatic cancer as well as other gastroenterological (GI) based cancers. With development underway, CPSI is poised to embark down the commercialization path. To this end, Dr. John M. Baust commented “We are actively seeking investors and partners to join our team to bring this potentially lifesaving technology platform to the market.” To enable this, a start-up company (GI Cryo, Inc.) has been formed focused in the GI area to commercialize FrostBite™ and other related technologies.

The open access article, initially published online November 30th , is timely in view of the recent increased interest in use of cryoablation for the treatment of cancer and can be accessed free of charge via the Liver and Pancreatic Science website at http://www.oatext.com/Dual-thermal-ablation-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-as-an-improved-combinatorial-treatment-strategy.php#Article.

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