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Neurocrine Biosciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2008 Results
Date:2/3/2009

icant differences were observed in the key efficacy endpoints between 876008 and placebo.

GSK has advanced a novel lead CRF1 receptor antagonist compound, 561679, into a Phase II trial in patients with major depressive disorder. Enrollment of approximately 150 subjects is anticipated in this 6-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

In addition to the two compounds listed above, GSK has also successfully completed a Phase I single dose-escalating clinical trial with a third CRF1 compound, 586529, for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Urocortin 2 for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Completes Preclinical Evaluations

In December 2008 the Company completed two preclinical studies for urocortin 2 with favorable outcomes. The two GLP toxicology and safety assessment studies, over 14 days of continuous infusion, were completed in distinct species models, and confirmed the results of the two previous non-GLP studies. The favorable results of these studies should allow urocortin 2 to be infused for periods up to two weeks in duration in humans.

Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 Inhibitor (VMAT2)

VMAT2 is a protein concentrated in the human brain that is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses between neurons. The Company has identified a highly selective VMAT2 inhibitor that is effective in regulating the levels of dopamine release during nerve communication, while at the same time having minimal impact on the other monoamines thereby reducing the likelihood of "off target" side effects. This clinical candidate should be effective in the management of hyperkinetic movement disorders characterized by involuntary bodily movements as seen in patients suffering from Tardive Dyskinesia, and Huntington's disease. Additionally, the modulation of dopamine pathways may also be useful for patients suffering fro
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