Raymond T. Bartus , Ph.D., executive vice president and chief scientific officer of Ceregene stated: "While we did not achieve the degree of efficacy we had hoped for in this trial, we are proud that our efforts have helped to establish that gene therapy can provide the enabling technology to safely deliver stable, long-term bioactive protein to targeted sites deep in the human brain and that the Parkinson's disease brain is able to show a positive response to neurotrophic factor stimulation. Hopefully, the information and insight we achieved and shared with the biomedical community will aid in the continuing effort to develop more effective therapies for many of these tragic and dehumanizing neurodegenerative diseases."
C. Warren Olanow , M.D., Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and a clinical advisor to Ceregene noted, "This was an extremely well-conceived and designed study. It is unfortunate for patients that broader benefits from this extremely promising therapy could not be demonstrated in this clinical trial. These results illustrate how difficult it is to establish clinical efficacy with entirely novel therapeutic approaches in complicated neurological diseases. The Ceregene team, its scientific advisors and the participating clinical sites are to be congratulated for that effort and the flawless execution of this difficult scientific study." &
|SOURCE Ceregene, Inc.|
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