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DiaGenic to Provide MCI Biomarkers for Merz Pharmaceuticals
Date:6/24/2009

Merz' goal is to offer novel therapeutic options of additional benefit to the patients by developing innovative new drugs within Merz' main area of expertise, the treatment of CNS disorders. Dr. Martin Zugel, CEO of Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, explains: "There is an urgent need for biomarkers that can accurately identify MCI converters. We have identified DiaGenic's technology as being one of the front-runners in this area. The partnership with DiaGenic for biomarker development should lead to improved clinical trial recruitment and, thus, support Merz' endeavors in reaching our ambitious goal of bringing Alzheimer drugs to the patient, thus responding to currently unmet medical needs."

About Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder. In its early stages, it impairs cognitive function, causing memory loss, language deterioration, and reduced ability to process visual information, delusional thinking and poor judgment. As the disease progresses, cerebral deterioration severely compromises basic cognition and daily function. At a more advanced stage of the illness, the increasing loss of independence leads to an increased need for supervision and possibly even full long-term care. Alzheimer's dementia, clearly the most devastating of neurodegenerative diseases, poses a global public health challenge and will continue to do so for generations to come. The Alzheimer's Association estimated two years ago that 4.5 million Americans and 15 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease. These figures are projected to nearly triple that number by 2050 due to the ageing of populations in the developed world.

About Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH

Merz Pharmaceuticals researches, develops, produces and distributes innovative pharmaceutical products in the areas of neurology and psychiatry as well as in aesthetic dermatology and metabolism. In the area
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