TSX Exchange Symbol: RVX
Dr. Bengt Winblad Appointed Chairman of the Clinical & Scientific Advisory Board
Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Vancouver BC, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Resverlogix Corp. (TSX: RVX) today announced the formation of a clinical & scientific advisory board to support the clinical development of its lead drug candidate RVX-208 and follow-on bromodomain inhibitors in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment and other dementias. The board, chaired by Dr. Bengt Winblad, will provide insight and guidance on all aspects of the development program.
"We believe cardiovascular and neurodegenerative health is linked by lipoproteins such as Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I)," said Dr. Jan Johansson, senior vice president of medical affairs at Resverlogix. "A clinical program will further our understanding of how RVX-208, an epigenetic BET bromodomain inhibitor which increases production of Apo A-I, may affect neurodegenerative diseases such as early dementia or mild cognitive impairment."
Donald McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Resverlogix, added, "RVX-208 is the first BET bromodomain inhibitor that has emerged from Resverlogix' epigenetic drug discovery platform and moved into the clinic. It is currently in Phase 2b clinical development in patients with high-risk cardiovascular disease and we are eager to evaluate it and our other BET inhibitor compounds in other disease states."
Bengt Winblad, M.D., Ph.D., professor of geriatric medicine and chief physician at the Karolinska University Hospital, said, "Recent studies are providing evidence of the link between poor cognition, memory and low levels of cardio-protective factors such as ApoA-I. I am looking forward to working with Resverlogix and studying RVX-208 in patients with neurodegenerative diseases."
Resverlogix plans to initiate a Phase 2 trial of RVX-208 in patients with mild cognitive impairment in the second half of 2013.
Appointed members of the clinical & scientific advisory board include:
Bengt Winblad, M.D., Chairman: Dr. Winblad is professor of geriatric medicine and chief physician at the Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Professor Winblad is co-chair of the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium (EADC) and chairs the Medical Scientific Advisory Panel of the Alzheimer Disease International (ADI). In 2009, Dr. Winblad was ranked the world's most prolific researcher in the Alzheimer's disease field (J Alzheimer's Disease 2009).
Jeff Cummings, M.D., Sc.D.: Dr. Cummings is director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland. Dr. Cummings received the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award from the National Alzheimer's Association in 2008.
Henrik Zetterberg, M.D., Ph.D.: Dr. Zetterberg is professor of neurochemistry at the University of Gothenburg. He was a Fulbright Scholar and research fellow in neurology at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Boston between 2004 and 2005. Dr. Zetterberg is an established leader in the field of neurochemistry, biomarkers and diagnostics.
Rada Koldamova, M.D., Ph.D.: Dr. Koldamova is an associate professor and lead researcher at the School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh's Koldamova & Lefterov lab. Her interest is in cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, the role of ABCA1 transporter and apolipoproteins A-I and E in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.
RVX-208 is a first-in-class, small molecule that inhibits BET bromodomains. It is currently in clinical study for the treatment of atherosclerosis. RVX-208 functions by removing atherosclerotic plaque by a process called reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). RCT is the natural process through which atherosclerotic plaque is transported out of the arteries and removed from the body by the liver. RVX-208 increases production of ApoA-I, the key building block of functional high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles and the type required for RCT. Since new, functional HDL particles are flat and empty they can efficiently remove plaque and stabilize or reverse atherosclerotic disease. RVX-208 is currently being evaluated in Phase 2b studies for its ability to reverse and/or stabilize atherosclerotic disease. RVX-208 also has the potential to treat other indications including neurodegenerative disorders.
Resverlogix Corp. (TSX: RVX) is a clinical stage cardiovascular company with an epigenetic platform technology that modulates protein production. Resverlogix is developing RVX-208, a first-in-class small molecule for the treatment of atherosclerosis. RVX-208 is the first BET bromodomain inhibitor in clinical trials. New compounds arising from Resverlogix' epigenetic drug discovery platform function by inhibiting BET bromodomains and have the potential to impact multiple diseases including cancer, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders. Resverlogix' common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RVX). For further information please visit www.resverlogix.com.
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