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Evotec Reports Positive Top-Line Results in Phase II Study With EVT 201 in Elderly Insomniacs With Daytime Sleepiness
Date:10/16/2007

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About Insomnia

Good quality and refreshing sleep is a prerequisite for continued good health and daily functioning. Insomnia patients suffer from a) difficulty falling asleep; b) difficulty maintaining sleep due to waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep or due to waking up at early hours and c) unrefreshing sleep. In 2005, the Sleep in America poll found that 54% of the adult population reported symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week. However, only a fraction of patients are diagnosed, with even fewer using a sleep aid. The insomnia market is estimated to be worth US$ 6.1 billion across the major markets in 2007, and is set to be impacted by the launch of new drug classes (Datamonitor, Pipeline Insight: Insomnia, April 2007). Physicians highlight that the ideal insomnia drug has the ability to induce, maintain and improve the quality of sleep without causing next day hang-over and the absence of addiction liabilities. Key unmet needs include improvements in sleep maintenance and more effective treatments in the elderly population. The entry of novel treatments with differentiated profiles in terms of dosage, mode of action and clinical profile are expected to accelerate growth within the market.

About Evotec AG

Evotec is a leader in the discovery and development of novel small molecule drugs. Both through its own discovery programmes and through research collaborations, the Company is generating the highest quality research results to its partners in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

In proprietary projects, Evotec specialises in finding new treatments for diseases of the Central Nervous System. Evotec has three programmes in clinical development: EVT 201, a partial positive allosteric modulator (pPAM) of the GABAA receptor complex for the treatment of insomnia, EVT 101, a subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonist for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and/or pain, and EVT 30
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