Anavex Life Sciences Announces Late-Breaking Presentation of Phase 2b/3 Data of Oral ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) for Early Alzheimer’s Disease at the Upcoming Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) Congress 2022
NEW YORK – October 17, 2022
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (“Anavex” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AVXL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Rett syndrome and other central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced that the company will present Phase 2b/3 ANAVEX®2-73-AD-004 data of oral ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) for Early Alzheimer’s Disease at the upcoming Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) Congress 2022 in San Francisco, CA and publish the findings in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
Top Line Data of ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) Randomized, Double-blind, Multicenter, Placebo-controlled Phase 2b/3 in Patients with Early Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
Date / Time: December 1, 2022 / 4:30pm PT
Presenter: A/Prof. Stephen Macfarlane, Principal Investigator
Session Title: LB8 - LATE BREAKING ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) is an orally available, small-molecule activator of the sigma-1 receptor (SIGMAR1), which, data suggest, is pivotal to restoring neural cell homeostasis and promoting neuroplasticity.
Prior to the completion of the larger Phase 2b/3 study ANAVEX®2-73-AD-004 (NCT03790709) for the treatment of Early Alzheimer’s Disease, using precision medicine included SIGMAR1 biomarker of response, ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) successfully completed a randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled Phase 2 in Parkinson’s disease dementia and a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) successfully completed a randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled Phase 2 in adult Rett syndrome and a randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled Phase 3 in adult Rett syndrome, respectively.
Economic Burden of Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and the fifth leading cause of death in adults older than 65 years. The estimated total healthcare costs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in 2020 were estimated at $305 billion, with the cost expected to increase to more than $1 trillion as the population ages. Most of the direct costs of care for Alzheimer's disease are attributed to skilled nursing care, home healthcare, and hospice care. Indirect costs of care, including quality of life and informal caregiving, are likely underestimated, and are associated with significant negative societal and personal burdens.
About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.
Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: AVXL) is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Rett syndrome, and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain, and various types of cancer. Anavex's lead drug candidate, ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine), has successfully completed a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease, a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study in Parkinson's disease dementia, and both a Phase 2 and a Phase 3 study in adult patients with Rett syndrome. ANAVEX®2-73 is an orally available drug candidate that restores cellular homeostasis by targeting sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors. Preclinical studies demonstrated its potential to halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer's disease. ANAVEX®2-73 also exhibited anticonvulsant, anti-amnesic, neuroprotective, and anti-depressant properties in animal models, indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders, including epilepsy. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research previously awarded Anavex a research grant, which fully funded a preclinical study to develop ANAVEX®2-73 for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. ANAVEX®3-71, which targets sigma-1 and M1 muscarinic receptors, is a promising clinical stage drug candidate demonstrating disease-modifying activity against the major hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease in transgenic (3xTg-AD) mice, including cognitive deficits, amyloid, and tau pathologies. In preclinical trials, ANAVEX®3-71 has shown beneficial effects on mitochondrial dysfunction and neuroinflammation. Further information is available at www.anavex.com. You can also connect with the company on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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