DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Thomas P. Mathers, will be making a company presentation at the Sofinnova Japan Biopharma Partnering Conference at 9:35 – 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 in the Nami room at the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. The partnering meeting is expected to attract over 300 participants from around the globe including business development executives from pharmaceutical companies and investors.
The Company is speaking with potential partners and is interacting with the FDA, and plans to advance its lead program, lasmiditan, for the treatment of acute migraine with or without aura, into pivotal studies in 2012.
Lasmiditan is a first-in-class Neurally Acting Anti-Migraine Agent (NAAMA) designed to deliver efficacy in migraine without the vasoconstrictor activity associated with previous generations of migraine therapies. Lasmiditan is a member of a novel chemical class called "ditans" and, unlike triptans, penetrates the central nervous system (CNS) and selectively targets 5-HT1F receptors expressed in the trigeminal pathway. Lasmiditan does not interact with vasoconstrictor 5-HT1B/1D receptors activated by triptans.
Five clinical studies have been successfully completed outside of the U.S., including a Phase 2b double blind placebo controlled oral dose ranging study treating a single migraine attack which was completed in 2010. In the Phase 2b study, lasmiditan achieved its primary endpoint of reducing a moderate or severe headache at baseline to mild or none 2 hours after dosing (p<0.0001) in 391 patients. Differentiation of individual doses from placebo was seen as early as 30 minutes after dosing. Lasmiditan also achieved secondary endpoints, including relief of nausea, photophobia and phonophobia. Importantly, because there was no evidence of drug-related cardiovascular effects or chest symptoms in the previous five clinical studies, CoLucid expects the pivotal Phase 3 studies to confirm that lasmiditan's side effect profile is highly differentiated from triptans and ergotamines.
About CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CoLucid was founded in 2005 by Pappas Ventures to advance innovative drug candidates with the potential to provide safe and effective treatments for CNS disorders. The company's investors include Pappas Ventures, Domain Associates, Care Capital, Pearl Street Venture Funds and Triathlon Medical Ventures. The company's pipeline includes lasmiditan, a novel treatment for migraine headache, COL-204 for wake promotion, and a conjugated stigmine platform that has generated a series of preclinical candidates for the chronic pain, Alzheimer's disease and psychiatric disorders. For more information, please visit CoLucid at www.colucid.com.
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