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Addrenex Pharmaceuticals Expands Product Pipeline by Licensing New Drug to Treat Narcolepsy
Date:5/13/2009

DURHAM, N.C., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Addrenex Pharmaceuticals today expanded its pipeline of products aimed at adrenergic regulation with the signing of an agreement to license a new drug for the treatment of narcolepsy, a chronic and debilitating sleep disorder, as well as other neurologic and psychiatric conditions.

The agreement to license ADX-N05 gives Addrenex the worldwide rights (excluding East Asia) to develop, manufacture and commercialize the compound from SK Life Science Business Division, the drug-discovery and development division of SK Holdings Co. Ltd., one of the largest multinational companies based in South Korea.

"The partnership with SK Holdings embodies our commitment to seeking global alliances that further our goal of developing drugs for adrenergic regulation," said Steve Butts, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Addrenex Pharmaceuticals.

"We are pleased and excited to partner with an innovative, dynamic company such as SK Holdings, and we expect this to be the first of many global development partnerships for Addrenex," he added.

The licensing deal with SK Holdings provides Addrenex with its fourth drug candidate to enter clinical trials in three years. Each of Addrenex's drugs in development focuses on the treatment of medical conditions arising from an overactive or improperly regulated adrenergic system, a group of hormones and brain chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters. These hormones and neurotransmitters regulate diverse physiologic functions such as stress, pain, sleep and blood pressure.

Addrenex's lead products are Clonicel(R) for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Sympres(R) for the treatment of hypertension. The company also plans to develop drugs to treat menopausal flushing and potentially pain, insomnia and migraines, all of which are impacted by the adrenergic system.

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