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Amarantus BioSciences Announces Positive Data for MANF in Delivery Diffusion Animal Model of Parkinson's Disease
Date:11/27/2012

conditions, MANF's diffusion volume was ~30% greater than GDNF's.

"The results of this study provide further support to MANF's real-world potential as a disease-modifying treatment for Parkinson's disease, and potentially other brain disorders," said Gerald E. Commissiong, President and CEO of Amarantus. "Diffusion from the site of delivery in the brain has been a key problem plaguing the development of other neurotrophic factors for Parkinson's disease for some time. We now have further evidence that MANF appears to have added biological advantages over other neurotrophic factors in development, and the Company intends to leverage these results as we continue to advance our Parkinson's program, as well as explore additional applications for MANF in orphan disease applications. The Company is currently evaluating various delivery technologies to clinically deliver MANF to the brain in Parkinson's disease, and will update the market of its intentions as definitive agreements emerge."

Large pharmaceutical companies have shown significant interest in neurotrophic factors for Parkinson's disease for over two decades. In 1993, Amgen acquired Synergen for $262 million shortly after Synergen successfully completed studies using GDNF as a protein therapeutic in animal models of Parkinson's disease. In 2007, Genzyme entered into a $150 million partnership with Ceregene to gain access to ex-U.S. marketing rights Neurturin after Ceregene successfully completed a Phase 1 clinical study demonstrating safety for Neurturin as a gene therapy product. Amarantus owns composition of matter and method of use patents for MANF, including claims for use of MANF as a protein therapy, gene therapy and as an adjuvant within the context of cell therapy.

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