Canadian biotech firm finds new benefits in milk

Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:40pm EDT

TORONTO Oct 10 (Reuters) - Perhaps Cleopatra was on to something after all.

More than 2,000 years after the legendary Egyptian queen made milk baths part of her regular beauty routine, a small Canadian biotech company says it has developed two milk-derived protein extracts that speed up the healing process for skin injuries.

Advitech Inc AVI.V said on Wednesday that milk proteins from its XP-828L formula have shown wound-healing properties in a study conducted at a Montreal-area hospital.

The study, headed by Dr. Charles Doillon of the Oncology and Molecular Endocrinology Research Centre at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite Laval, showed that two protein extracts could significantly affect the healing response, especially the formation of regenerated collagen fiber and its remodeling in wound tissue.

The company said the application showed success in the treatment of skin ulcers, particularly pressure ulcers, the improvement of scar tissue response in plastic and reconstructive surgery and dermabrasion, and the acceleration of the healing process in burn wounds.

"The data further confirms the bioactivity of our protein extracts and brings new opportunities for Advitech. The results suggest that these two products act early in the healing process and would accelerate wound-healing without excessive long-term remodeling", Christina Juneau, the firm's vice-president of research and development, said in a release.

Advitech shares jumped 21.4 percent, or 1.5 Canadian cents to 8.5 Canadian cents on the TSX Venture Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange's junior market.

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