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Eisai and Bial Announce Partnership Agreement for the European Commercialisation of the Novel Once Daily Anti-Epileptic Zebinix(R)
Date:2/19/2009

e characterised by abnormal discharges of neuronal activity causing seizures. Clinically, these manifest as convulsions or jerking of muscles. Depending on the seizure type, seizures may be limited to one part of the body, or may be generalised to involve the whole body. Patients may also experience abnormal sensations, altered behaviour or altered consciousness. Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes. Often the cause of epilepsy is unknown. However, anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity - from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development, can lead to seizures.

4. About Zebinix

Zebinix(R) (eslicarbazepine acetate), is a novel voltage gated sodium channel blocker. It specifically targets the inactivated state of the ion channel, preventing its return to the active state, and thereby reduces repetitive neuronal firing. The efficacy of Zebinix(R) has been demonstrated in 3 randomized, placebo controlled studies in 1049 patients with refractory partial onset seizures. Zebinix(R) also significantly improved patient's health related quality of life (HRQoL) as measured by the QOLIE-31 score during a one year open label extension of the above 3 studies. Zebinix(R) is given orally once daily. Zebinix(R) can be used as an add-on to carbamazepine (one of the most commonly utilized therapies for partial onset seizures) or with other anti-epileptics.

5. About Eisai

Eisai is one of the worlds leading R&D-based pharmaceutical companies, that has defined its corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call human health care (hhc).

    Eisai concentrates its R&D activities in three key areas

    - Integrative Neuroscience: Alzheimer's disease, multiple
      sclerosis, neuropathic pain, epilepsy, depression, etc

    - Integrative Oncology: Anticanc
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