NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotrope, Inc. (OTCQB:NTRP), a company focused on developing drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease, today announced that it has initiated dosing in the final patient in its randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, Phase 2 study in moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease patients. The primary endpoint of the trial is the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB) and the secondary endpoints are the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE), Activity of Daily Living (ADL) and Neuropsychiatric Inventory scale (NPI). Top line results from the study are expected to be announced in April 2017. Patients meeting the MMSE enrollment criteria score of 4-15 were enrolled in the study. Two doses of bryostatin, 20ug and 40ug, vs. placebo for 12 weeks are being tested. A total of 148 patients were enrolled into the study.
The Company also announced that it has raised an additional $4.3 million in a final closing of its private placement in addition to the approximately $20.2 million raised and previously announced in a press release on Friday, November 18, 2016.
"Completion of enrollment in this study marks a significant milestone for Neurotrope, as well as the Alzheimer's community, as we take another step toward advancing what we believe could be the first potential new treatment for people with Alzheimer's disease in more than 15 years, and we believe would be the first one targeting causes of the symptoms, lost synaptic networks, and not just providing transient symptomatic relief," said Dr. Daniel Alkon, MD, Neurotrope's President and Chief Scientific Officer. "Other companies targeting this disease are enrolling mildly impaired patients. We targeted the more severe patient population because of our experience with severe patients through our compassionate use studies. Those studies suggested reversal of some of the manifestations of the disease."
"Bryostatin's multi-modal mechanism of action not only targets the neuronal deficits of AD but also synaptic deficits. This combined mechanism of action through PKC epsilon activation gave the Company the confidence to commit to these trials in moderate to severe patients," said Dr. Susanne Wilke, PhD., the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that we may have a breakthrough in Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. With the recently completed financing, we believe that we are in a strong position to negotiate terms with pharmaceutical partners."
Josh Silverman, Chairman of the Company, added, "We are pleased with the investor response to our new management team and the excitement surrounding our upcoming clinical data. We raised more money than anticipated and plan on investing our capital efficiently in our continuing effort to increase shareholder value while making a difference in treating neurological disorders."
Further details may be found in the Company's Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The securities to be sold in the private placement will not have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws as of the time of issuance and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Neurotrope has agreed to file one or more registration statements with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock underlying the warrants purchased in the private placement.
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Neurotrope BioScience, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Neurotrope, Inc., is at the forefront of biotechnology companies having a focus on developing a novel therapy for the treatment of moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease. The scientific basis of our treatment is activation of Protein Kinase C isozymes ε and α by bryostatin, a natural product, which in mouse AD models was demonstrated to result in repair of damaged synapses as well as synaptogenesis, the induction of new neuronal networks, reduction of toxic beta-amyloid generation, prevention of neuronal death, and enhancement of memory and learning, thus having the potential to improve cognition and behavior in Alzheimer's disease.
Neurotrope is also conducting preclinical studies of bryostatin-1 as a treatment for Fragile X Syndrome and Niemann-Pick Type C disease, two rare genetic diseases for which only symptomatic treatments are currently available. The FDA has granted Orphan Drug Designation to Neurotrope for bryostatin-1 as a treatment for Fragile X Syndrome. Bryostatin-1 has undergone testing in over 1,500 people establishing a large safety database.
Neurotrope has exclusively licensed technology from Cognitive Research Enterprises (formerly named the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute) for Alzheimer's disease therapeutics and Fragile X Syndrome and has a world-wide, exclusive license with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.
Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the proposed study and timing of initiation, and continued development of use of bryostatin for Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive diseases, and the Company's ability to list its common shares on a major stock exchange. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and other influences, many of which the Company has no control over. Actual results and the timing of certain events and circumstances may differ materially from those described by the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties. Factors that may influence or cause actual results to differ materially from expected or desired results may include, without limitation, the Company's inability to obtain adequate financing, the significant length of time associated with drug development and related insufficient cash flows and resulting illiquidity, the Company's patent portfolio, the Company's inability to expand the Company's business, the Company's inability to meet listing requirements for major stock exchanges, significant government regulation of pharmaceuticals and the healthcare industry, lack of product diversification, availability of the Company's raw materials, existing or increased competition, stock volatility and illiquidity, and the Company's failure to implement the Company's business plans or strategies. These and other factors are identified and described in more detail in the Company's filings with the SEC, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements.
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