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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alzheon Announces Phase 1 Results of ALZ-801, a First-in-Class Inhibitor of Amyloid Formation and Neurotoxicity for Alzheimer’s Disease

March 20, 2015 - LEXINGTON, Mass.- Alzheon, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on brain health, memory and aging, today announced that the company presented Phase 1 clinical data for ALZ-801, a first-in-class small molecule inhibitor of amyloid formation and neurotoxicity for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. As additional support to the clinical program for ALZ-801, Alzheon presented expanded post-hoc analyses of Phase 3 data with tramiprosate, the parent molecule of the optimized prodrug ALZ-801, which demonstrated sustained efficacy on cognition and function in a population of patients with Alzheimer’s disease that are positive for the ε4 gene variant of apolipoprotein E (ApoE4), associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Phase 1 results and Phase 3 post-hoc clinical analyses were presented at a poster session today at the 12th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases in Nice, France... [PDF] Alzheon's Press Release -

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Higher dose of Novartis drug Exelon® Patch approved by FDA for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease

NovartisSept. 4, 2012 - The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a higher dose of Exelon® Patch (rivastigmine transdermal system) for the treatment of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The new 13.3 mg/24 h dosage strength of Exelon Patch provides physicians with a new treatment option for patients who are experiencing a decline in overall function and cognition. 

"Alzheimer's disease is marked by progressive symptomatic decline, resulting in an increasingly large physical and emotional challenge for the patient and caregiver," said Jeffrey Cummings, MD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. "Having multiple options for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease will help physicians better care for patients with the hope of improving function and cognition."... Novartis' Press Release -

Monday, June 11, 2012

ReproCELL launches Alzheimer’s disease model based on iPS-derived human neuronal cells

ReproCELL 7th June 2012 - ReproCELL, Inc. (CEO: Chikafumi Yokoyama PhD) announces that the company will start commercializing human iPS-derived neurons in which an Alzheimer’s disease related gene has been incorporated.

ReproCELL’s scientists have successfully incorporated a gene related to Alzheimer’s disease using homologous recombinant genetic engineering technology into undifferentiated human iPS cells and then differentiated them into neurons. In these cells, it has been confirmed that amyloid beta 42 is accumulated at higher levels compared to normal neurons. This phenomena is similar to what is observed in neurons of Alzheimer’s patients. Accordingly, ReproCELL’s scientists believe the newly developed iPS cells can be useful for drug screening to identify new therapeutic molecules to treat Alzheimer’s disease patients.... ReproCELL's Press Release -

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Axerion Therapeutics and AstraZeneca to Develop and Commercialize a Biologic Approach for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Axerion Therapeutics
May 1, 2012 - Axerion Therapeutics, Inc., a private Connecticut-based biotechnology company, and MedImmune the global biologics arm of AstraZeneca, announced that they have entered into a research collaboration and sublicense arrangement to develop and commercialize a biologic approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

The agreement with Axerion is the first collaboration signed within the new Neuroscience Innovative Medicines Unit that AstraZeneca announced in February 2012. Under this model, AstraZeneca and MedImmune will conduct neuroscience discovery research and early development for small and large molecules by tapping into the best available external science and sharing cost, risk and reward with other research partners active in psychiatry, neurology and pain research.


Under the terms of the agreement, Axerion has granted the AstraZeneca Neuroscience Innovative Medicines Unit an exclusive sublicense* to research, develop and commercialize a pre-clinical biologic that targets the binding of A-beta oligimers to prion proteins.


In exchange, the AstraZeneca Neuroscience Innovative Medicines Unit will provide Axerion with certain upfront and milestone payments plus research and development (R&D) funding during the time both companies are working together on the program. Additionally, Axerion will earn royalties on product sales. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed... Axerion Therapeutics' Press Release -

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Piramal Healthcare : Encouraging Phase III Study Results Show PET Imaging with Florbetaben Reliably Detects Beta-Amyloid in the Brain

Piramal Healthcare
April 16, 2012 - Lead Compound in newly created subsidiary Piramal Imaging SA - Piramal Imaging SA (“Piramal”), a newly formed subsidiary of Piramal Healthcare Limited [NSE: PIRHEALTH, BSE: 500302], announced positive results from a Phase III study that showed that PET imaging with florbetaben reliably detects beta-amyloid in the brain during life with great accuracy and thus shows value as a potential tool to aid in the diagnosis and assessment of Alzheimer’s disease. The study results will be featured as part of the Emerging Science Program on April 25th at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Historically, the only way to definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease has been after death – at autopsy – through analysis and identification of beta-amyloid in brain tissue. The global Phase III trial employed a unique and rigorous study design comparing in vivo brain PET imaging with florbetaben to post-mortem analysis of the brain tissue.

All study endpoints were met, and the study showed that PET imaging with florbetaben provided reliable, reproducible results. The visual assessment procedure proposed for routine clinical practice demonstrated 100% sensitivity and 92% specificity with excellent inter-reader agreement (kappa = 0.88).

Piramal has signed an agreement to acquire worldwide rights to the molecular imaging research and development portfolio of Bayer Pharma AG through its newly created subsidiary – Piramal Imaging SA. Florbetaben is the lead compound in the portfolio... Piramal Healthcare's Press Release -

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bristol-Myers Squibb and MESO SCALE DISCOVERY : Agreement to Develop Diagnostic Assays for Alzheimer's Disease

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March 28, 2012  – Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) and Meso Scale Discovery announced they have entered an agreement to develop diagnostic assays that will measure cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for use in Alzheimer's disease research.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will develop these assays based on the Meso Scale Discovery® MULTI-ARRAY technology platform. Meso Scale Discovery will commercialize the assays for Alzheimer's disease research and drug development, and plans to release the assays in the second quarter of 2012. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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"The collaboration with Meso Scale Discovery demonstrates Bristol-Myers Squibb's commitment to advancing the science of Alzheimer's disease research," said Jane Tiller, vice president, Global Clinical Research, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "These assays could provide the Alzheimer's disease research community with an important tool to help advance understanding of this complex and devastating disease and may lead to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease."... Meso Scale Discovery's Press Release - Bristol-Myers Squibb's Press Releases -

Thursday, March 15, 2012

PhRMA : Collaborations Between Public and Private Sector Are Critical to Advance Alzheimer’s Research

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America PhRMA
February 7, 2012 — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO John J. Castellani responded to new efforts unveiled by the Administration to combat Alzheimer’s Disease:

“Alzheimer’s disease is one of America’s top health challenges. It ravages the minds of patients, seriously impacts entire families and currently costs the U.S. health care system $172 billion a year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds in 2050, costing the U.S. health care system $1.1 trillion. These costs are simply unsustainable.

“The outlook could change course, however, if a treatment were discovered that helps delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. Biopharmaceutical research companies, recognizing the great health and economic need to help delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, have invested heavily in this area and are currently researching and developing nearly 100 medicines to help address this public health priority.

“Discovering an Alzheimer’s treatment is by no means an easy task; and it can certainly benefit from collaborations between industry, academia and federal research institutions. In addition to their individual efforts to discover and develop novel treatments for Alzheimer’s, biopharmaceutical companies have partnered with each other and with academic and federal research institutions to help move forward the scientific understanding of this complex disease... PhRMA's Press Release -

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pfizer : Diagnosis of Alzheimer's and What You Need to Know as a Caregiver

One in eight people over 65 have Alzheimer's disease, and many more have personal experience as a family member or caregiver to someone with the disease. On The Doctors, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall and Dr. Travis Stork discuss signs of dementia and key steps to take if you suspect someone in your life may have Alzheimer's disease. [PfizerNews on YouTube]