Geneva, Switzerland, 18 June 2012 – Addex Therapeutics (SIX:ADXN), a leading company pioneering allosteric modulation-based drug discovery and development, announced today that positive data from a recently completed Phase 2a study with dipraglurant in Parkinson’s disease patients with levodopa-induced dyskinesia will be presented at the Movement Disorder Society’s 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, June 17-21 in Dublin, Ireland. The presentation entitled “Safety, tolerability and anti-dyskinetic efficacy of dipraglurant, a novel mGluR5 negative allosteric modulator in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients with levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID)” will be given on Wednesday, June 20th between 12:00 and 13:30 by Prof. Francois Tison of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bordeaux, France. As previously reported, all key objectives were achieved in the Phase 2a study of dipragluarant in Parkinson’s disease levodopa-induced dyskinesia (PD-LID). The data show that dipraglurant met the primary objective of the study by exhibiting a good safety and tolerability profile. Dipraglurant also demonstrated statistically significant reduction in LID severity with both 50mg and 100mg doses. Dipraglurant appears to reduce dystonia severity in addition to chorea, the two major LID components. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in the US and Europe, the primary objective was to demonstrate safety and tolerability in PD-LID patients. In addition, the trial was designed to evaluate exploratory efficacy as a secondary objective. Efficacy was measured using the modified Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (mAIMS), patient diaries documenting “off-time” (impaired voluntary movement), “on-time” (with or without dyskinesia) and sleep. Additional endpoints included the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), the Clinician & Patient Global Impression of Change (CGIC & PGIC), and an evaluation of the patients’ mood using the Hospital Anxiety & Depression Score. The trial was supported by a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dipraglurant is an oral, small molecule allosteric modulator that inhibits selectively the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5), a Class C G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR), with potential to be used in combination with levodopa or dopamine agonists, or as a standalone treatment for PD-LID, PD-related motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms of PD and other movement disorders. Addex is currently seeking a partner to advance dipraglurant into Phase IIb for PD-LID and other indications.
Addex Therapeutics (www.addextherapeutics.com) discovers and develops an emerging class of small molecule drugs, called allosteric modulators, which have the potential to be more specific and confer significant therapeutic advantages over conventional “orthosteric” small molecule or biological drugs. The Company uses its proprietary discovery platform to address receptors and other proteins that are recognized as attractive targets for modulation of important diseases with unmet medical needs. The Company’s two lead products are being investigated in Phase 2 clinical testing: dipraglurant (ADX48621, an mGluR5 negative allosteric modulator or NAM) is being developed by Addex to treat Parkinson’s disease levodopa-induced dyskinesia (PD-LID); and ADX71149 (mGluR2 positive allosteric modulator or PAM) is being developed by our partner Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. to treat schizophrenia and anxiety seen in patients suffering from major depressive disorder. Addex also is advancing several preclinical programs including: GABA-BR PAM for overactive bladder, pain and other disorders; mGluR4 PAM for Parkinson’s, MS, anxiety and other diseases; GLP1R PAM for type 2 diabetes; and mGluR2 NAM for treating Alzheimer’s disease and depression. In addition, Addex has discovery programs to identify allosteric modulators of: receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) superfamily, including TrkB PAM for treating neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases); and TNF receptor superfamily, including TNFR1 NAM for inflammation (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis) and other diseases.
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