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Data on Avicena's Drug Candidate HD-02 Presented at the 2007 World Congress on Huntington's Disease
Date:11/19/2007

ngton's disease (HD). HD-02 has been granted orphan drug designation in the U.S. Results from a Phase II clinical trial of HD-02, led by Dr. Steven Hersch of Massachusetts General Hospital, were published in the January 24, 2006 issue of Neurology and showed that HD-02 reduced the Huntington's disease marker, which some researchers have linked to brain injury.

Earlier preclinical studies performed by Dr. Flint Beal of Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Robert Ferante of Boston University, showed that HD-02 has significant neuroprotective effects, such as improved motor movement and increased survival rate.

ABOUT HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE

Huntington's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by a defective gene that is often inherited from parent to child. This genetic defect causes a programmed deterioration of neurons in those parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling cognitive, emotional and motor functions. This progressive deterioration 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 Huntington's disease and an additional 150,000 Americans are 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. (OTCBB: AVGO) 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). The Company is currently analyzing data from its Phase IIb/III trial in ALS. Near term, Avicena intends to initiate a Phase III trial in Huntington's disease to accompany the ongoing Pha
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