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ENZO Biochem Awarded U.S. Patent On More Efficient Vector For Use In Gene Therapy

NEW YORK, NY, June 6, 2014 – Enzo Biochem Inc. (NYE:ENZ) announced that it has been assigned U.S. Patent Office Patent No. 8,742,090, related to the construct of an artificial vector capable of greater efficiency, in general,  in targeting specific cells in the application of gene therapy and gene transfer technology.
The invention provides an alternative to the direct delivery of nucleic acid, an approach with several limitations, as noted in the patent, “including low efficiency of transfer, low stability and lack of cell specificity.”  Enzo’s invention provides an array of compositions useful for effecting change in biological function and process within cells.  It thus provides for targeting specific cells or specific cell receptors localizing to specific sites within cells and augmenting interactions between Enzo’s novel vector and targeted cells.  
“We are pleased with the patent issuance relating to our invention that underscores Enzo’s continuing quest and development of new, more efficient and novel approaches to enhance gene diagnostics and therapy,” said Elazar Rabbani, Ph.D., Enzo Chairman, and one of the patent’s inventors.   “Our ongoing search and pioneering success in this area, as indicated by our existing extensive IP estate, is a major asset and attribute of Enzo, and with 145 issued patents and over 160 pending patent applications worldwide we look forward to a continuing stream of inventions that will contribute to the progress of genetic science.”
About Enzo Biochem
Enzo Biochem is a pioneer in molecular diagnostics, leading the convergence of clinical laboratories, life sciences and therapeutics through the development of unique diagnostic platform technologies that provide numerous advantages over previous standards. A global company, Enzo Biochem utilizes cross-functional teams to develop and deploy products systems and services that meet the ever-changing and rapidly growing needs of health care both today and into the future. Underpinning Enzo Biochem’s products and technologies is a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio, with patent coverage across a number of key enabling technologies.
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