Gene Therapy

Research & Development

Herpes Treatment




Press Release
Baltimore, September 11, 2006

AuRx announces the termination of its technology license agreement with Landsteiner Scientific of Mexico City, Mexico

AuRx has successfully terminated its license with Landsteiner Scientific. AuRx entered into an agreement with Landsteiner in April of 2004, in which Landsteiner would be responsible for further Phase III testing, plant construction and commercialization of the AuRx therapy for genital herpes.

The license was terminated in December, 2005, by AuRx due to Landsteiner's failure to make certain payments and to move forward with the commercialization. Landsteiner agreed to AuRx's right to termination for cause on August 19, 2006.

AuRx is currently seeking other partners who have the ability to commercialize its therapy for genital herpes as well as equity investors who may provide funds for commercialization.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that affects 17% of the U.S. population (approximately 50 million persons). Outbreaks of genital herpes lesions generally last for 7 days, however, other signs or symptoms often occur when lesions are not present. These include pain, itching, dysuria, and burning in the genital area. Genital herpes is also known to accelerate the progression of HIV to AIDS. No effective therapy exists for the treatment of genital herpes, however, drugs such as acyclovir and valacyclovir do decrease the length of time lesions are present and extend the time between occurrence of lesions. No effect on other signs and symptoms has been investigated.

In earlier studies, the AuRx therapy was shown to be safe and decrease the occurrence of lesions by 86%. The AuRx therapy also effectively prevented all signs and symptoms in 44% of patients at one year with a series of two inoculations over a period of two years. Relative to earlier years, the patients receiving the inoculations who did not have complete immunity, nevertheless, had a reduction in patient episodes, including all signs and symptoms of 70%. This effectiveness occurred in severely afflicted patients as most studies on acyclovir and valacyclovir used patients with an average of 5 episodes per year, whereas the AuRx trial used patients with an average of 9 episodes per year.

For Additional Information Contact:
Gary J. Calton, President,
AuRx., Inc.
5331 Landing Road
Elkridge, Maryland 21075