BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Accera, Inc., a biotechnology company delivering breakthrough therapies in central nervous system (CNS) disorders, announced today publication of a scientific paper in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrition & Metabolism. The paper, entitled "Study of the ketogenic agent AC-1202 in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial" suggests that daily administration of AC-1202 (Axona(TM)) can help improve cognition and memory in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD).
"Accera has taken a novel approach to Alzheimer's therapy with the development of Axona," said Samuel Henderson, Ph.D., executive director of research at Accera and lead author of the paper. "Publication of our findings confirms our earlier pre-clinical and clinical findings which show that using ketone bodies can be an effective and safe method to approach this devastating disease."
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early and region-specific declines in the brain's ability to metabolize glucose, its main fuel source. Prior clinical evidence suggests that ketones can serve as an alternative energy source for the brain during glucose deprivation. Axona, which was launched as a prescription medical food product in the US in March 2009, is a proprietary formulation of a pharmaceutical-grade medium chain triglyceride (AC-1202) designed to safely elevate serum ketone bodies, thus providing an alternative energy source for the brain. In this Phase IIb trial, AC-1202 was used to determine whether chronic induction of mild ketosis in patients with probable Alzheimer's disease could improve cognition and short term memory performance.
The 90-day, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study, evaluated the effect of daily dosing of AC-1202 in patients diagn
|SOURCE Accera, Inc.|
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