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Alseres Pharmaceuticals Initiates the ALTROPANE(R) POET-2 Phase III Clinical Trial Program
Date:12/18/2007

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The POET-2 program is a two-part registration program that will begin with a clinical study in subjects in up to 15 centers to acquire a set of ALTROPANE images which will be used to train the expert readers as is the customary requirement for clinical trials of molecular imaging agents. The second part of the planned POET-2 program involves two concurrent, multi-center Phase III trials of approximately 150 subjects each using the optimized ALTROPANE imaging protocol developed for commercial use.

About ALTROPANE Imaging Agent and Parkinsonian Syndromes (PS) Including Parkinson's Disease

ALTROPANE is a molecular imaging agent that specifically binds to the dopamine transporter (DAT) protein found on the surface of dopamine-producing neurons, making it visible during Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography or "SPECT" imaging. Since most forms of Parkinsonian Syndromes result in a decreased number of dopamine-producing cells, it would be expected that these patients also have fewer DATs than do patients without Parkinsonian Syndromes. Thus, we believe that ALTROPANE used in conjunction with SPECT imaging could be a useful test to distinguish Parkinsonian Syndrome tremors from non- Parkinsonian tremor: non-Parkinsonian patients would have more ALTROPANE- binding visible in the SPECT image, while Parkinsonian patients would have less.

There are several conditions that are considered Parkinsonian Syndromes. Parkinson's Disease is the most common form of Parkinsonian Syndrome. Other less common Parkinsonian Syndromes include multiple system atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), and drug-induced Parkinsonism.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation estimates that as many as 10 million people in the United States are afflicted by essential tremor. Experts estimate that, each year, approximately 140,000 individuals present to their physician with new, undiagnosed movement disorders such as Parkinson's Disease and
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