- IBS is one of the most important gastrointestinal disorders in Mexico, with a prevalence of around 16%  (approximately 20 million patients)
- Broadens InFoods® global patent coverage with recently allowed patents in Korea and Japan
IRVINE, Calif., June 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biomerica, Inc. (NASDAQ: BMRA) today announced that the Mexican Patent Office has issued a notice of allowance for Biomerica’s patent application pertaining to the Company’s InFoods® technology platform that offers a revolutionary approach in the treatment of patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (“IBS”). Specifically, this allowed application contains claims that broadly cover the method that enables physicians to identify patient specific foods, such as milk, shrimp, broccoli, etc., that, when removed from the patient’s diet, may alleviate or improve an individual’s IBS symptoms, including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, severe cramping, pain and indigestion.
“We’re excited to have received this allowed patent in Mexico which provides broad protection around tests and methods used to determine patient-specific foods that may trigger IBS symptoms, and includes additional claims that cover a diagnostic-guided therapy for IBS patients,” said Zack Irani, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Biomerica. “Studies show that food can heighten inflammation in the body, and we believe the InFoods® technology can identify patient-specific foods that often trigger IBS symptoms. This Mexican patent is part of our ongoing international strategy to protect the intellectual property for our unique IBS diagnostic guided therapy, and joins recently issued Japanese patent #6681907, and Korean patent #10-1887545 covering compositions, devices and methods for IBS sensitivity testing.”
Mr. Irani concluded, “Biomerica has additional international and U.S. patent applications in prosecution related to the InFoods® IBS product, as well as multiple applications that cover the use of our InFoods® Technology in other diseases. In addition, we have filed digital health patents that cover digital applications that will assist patients with managing their dietary restrictions as defined by the InFoods® technology. We believe the allowance of our Mexico patent further validates the strength of our technology platform and enhances our efforts to enable physicians to offer new and better therapies to patients.”
About Biomerica (NASDAQ: BMRA)
Biomerica, Inc. (www.biomerica.com) is a global biomedical technology company that develops, patents, manufactures and markets advanced diagnostic and therapeutic products used at the point of care (in home and in physicians’ offices) and in hospital/clinical laboratories for detection and/or treatment of medical conditions and diseases. The Company’s products are designed to enhance the health and well-being of people, while reducing total healthcare costs. Biomerica’s primary focus is on gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases where the Company has multiple diagnostic and therapeutic products in development.
The Biomerica InFoods® IBS product is designed to allow physicians to identify patient-specific foods (e.g., eggs, broccoli, wheat, potatoes, pork, etc.), that when removed from the diet, may alleviate or improve an individual’s IBS symptoms including, but not limited to, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain and indigestion. This patented, diagnostic-guided therapy is designed to allow for a patient-specific, guided dietary regimen to improve IBS outcomes. A point-of-care version of the product is being developed to allow physicians to perform the test in-office using a finger stick blood sample, while a clinical lab version of the product is expected to be the first for which the company will seek regulatory approval. A billable CPT code that can be used by both clinical labs and physicians’ offices is already available for InFoods® products. Since the InFoods® product is a diagnostic-guided therapy, and not a drug, it has no drug type side effects. An estimated 45 million people in America currently suffer from IBS making it a leading cause for patient doctor visits.
1 Luis Alberto Sánchez-Vargas, Karina Guadalupe Hernández-Flores, Francisco Javier Cabrera-Jorge, José María Remes-Troche, Job Reyes-Huerta and Héctor Vivanco-Cid. The Prevalence of Anti-Zein Antibodies: A Comparative Study between Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients 2021, 13(2), 649.
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