DSS Announces Licensing of Impact BioMedical’s Linebacker
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DSS, Inc. (NYSE American: DSS), a multinational company operating businesses within nine divisions and strategically acquiring and developing assets to enrich the value of its shareholders through calculated IPO spinoffs and a parametric share distribution strategy, today announced Global BioLife, Inc. (“Global BioLife”), a subsidiary of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Impact BioMedical, Inc. (“Impact BioMedical”), executed a license agreement with ProPhase BioPharma, Inc. (“PBIO”), a subsidiary of ProPhase Labs, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRPH), a rapidly growing and diversified diagnostics, genomics and biotech company, for Global BioLife’s Linebacker portfolio (LB-1 and LB-2), two patented small molecule PIM kinase inhibitors with significant potential across multiple therapeutic indications.
Ted Karkus, ProPhase Lab’s Chief Executive Officer, commented in a press release issued on July 21, 2022, “We believe the Linebacker platform has multi-billion-dollar potential in oncology as well as significant potential in other fields. In the near term, we intend to initiate further development and studies of LB-1 as a potential cancer co-therapy.”
“The compounds that ProPhase licensed have enormous potential and represent years of scientific research. I truly believe that the Linebacker portfolio represents a potential breakthrough in cancer research. I am thrilled to continue to work on these compounds with ProPhase toward commercialization to ultimately improve the health and save the lives of so many,” commented Daryl Thompson, President of GRDG.
“The execution of this licensing agreement represents is a significant milestone for Impact BioMedical and its robust portfolio of development opportunities,” said Frank D. Heuszel, CEO of DSS. “This is the second license agreement with ProPhase this year, and we are excited to deepen our work together as they apply their nearly three decades of experience enhancing the health of the public.”
LineBacker is a platform of small molecule X-bonded polyphenols. X-bonding is a molecular tuning technique that modifies a natural compound to induce potency, efficacy, bioavailability, and trans-membrane permeability while maintaining safety, toxicity, and tolerability. Natural polyphenols have demonstrated strong potential in treating and preventing a range of diseases by inhibiting TNF- and indication specific causes (e.g. neurology, anti-inflammatory, oncology). Two novel discrete LineBacker molecules have been synthesized and characterized including in vitro testing.
LineBacker is anticipated to be effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier and would be delivered orally. Significant pre-clinical testing has been completed in neurology, anti-inflammatory, oncology, anti-infective, and viral disease states to demonstrate response to LineBacker.
Daryl Thompson and GRDG plan to work with ProPhase to continue the development of the Linebacker portfolio, as well as on other important compounds in the future.
About DSS, Inc.
DSS is a multinational company operating businesses within nine divisions: Product Packaging, Biotechnology, Direct Marketing, Commercial Lending, Securities and Investment Management, Alternative Trading, Digital Transformation, Secure Living, and Alternative Energy. DSS strategically acquires and develops assets to enrich the value of its shareholders through calculated IPO spinoffs and a parametric share distribution strategy. Since 2019, under the guidance of new leadership, DSS has built the necessary foundation for achievable growth through the formation of a diversified portfolio of companies positioned to drive profitability in multiple high growth sectors. These companies offer innovative, flexible, and real-world solutions that not only provide mutual benefits for businesses and their customers, but also create sustainable value and opportunity for transformation.
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