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Adeona Announces Initiation of Phase II Clinical Trial of Trimesta™ for Cognitive Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis
Date:1/19/2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Adeona Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: AEN), a developer of synthetic DNA-based therapeutics and innovative disease-modifying medicines for serious illnesses, announced today the initiation of the Phase II clinical trial of Trimesta™ (oral estriol) for the treatment of cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis (MS). This clinical trial is intended to enroll 64 relapsing-remitting or secondary-progressive female MS patients at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is being conducted at by Principal Investigator, Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D., Director, UCLA Multiple Sclerosis Program, Department of Neurology. There is currently no approved therapy for the treatment of cognitive dysfunction in MS.

"We are very excited to initiate patient enrollment in this novel clinical trial of Trimesta in which the primary endpoint is improvement in cognition. Statistics show that 50-65 percent of patients affected by MS will develop disabilities due to a reduction in their cognitive processing speed. Despite the fact that cognitive dysfunction is a primary source of work related disability in MS, there remains no treatment to target this disability," said Dr. Voskuhl, Principal Investigator. "The goal of this trial is to address this unmet need for MS patients, potentially improving a person's mental sharpness and ability to continue working."

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II clinical trial is based on findings from a previously completed 10-patient, single-agent, crossover Phase I/II clinical trial conducted by Dr. Voskuhl and colleagues at UCLA. The results from the Phase I/II trial demonstrated a statistically significant 14% improvement from baseline in Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT) cognitive testing scores in relapsing-remitting MS patients after six months of Trime
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