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Avicena's HD-02 to Proceed to NIH Sponsored Phase III Huntington's Disease Trial
Date:3/12/2008

tion results in a variety of symptoms including uncontrolled muscle movement, loss of intellectual capacity, and severe emotional disturbances.

Approximately 35,000 people in the US suffer from the symptoms of Huntington's disease and an additional 150,000 Americans are at risk to be carriers of the Huntington's gene. Carriers of the Huntington's gene will develop this deadly disease during their lifetime.

ABOUT AVICENA

Avicena Group, Inc. is a Palo Alto, California based late-stage biotechnology company that develops central nervous system therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company's core technologies, supported by a robust IP portfolio, have broad applications in both pharmaceuticals and dermaceuticals. Avicena's pharmaceutical program centers on rare neurological disorders (orphan diseases). Near term, the Company plans to initiate a Phase III trial in Huntington's disease as discussed above and a confirmatory Phase III trial in ALS to accompany the ongoing NIH Phase III trial in Parkinson's disease. Avicena's science is well established and its products are safe and well tolerated. Unlike traditional biotechnology companies, Avicena's clinical programs are largely funded by government and non-profit organizations. Avicena presently derives revenue from the sale of proprietary dermaceutical ingredients to skin care manufacturers.

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