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Amarantus BioSciences Announces MANF Demonstrates Superiority over GDNF in Neurorestoration Behavioural Animal Model of Parkinson's Disease
Date:10/25/2012

rugs for later-stage patients will likely work best when delivered to the substantia nigra. No neurotrophic factor other than MANF has demonstrated efficacy in the neurorestoration behavioural 6-OHDA model of Parkinson's disease when delivered to the substantia nigra, so this makes today's result very significant. We are currently working to complete the analysis of histology data to confirm that it is in fact dopaminergic re-innervation of the striatum that is responsible for the results reported today.  We expect to release the final results, including histology, to the public when the final data package is assembled in the next few months, and we will submit the final study report and manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal jointly with our academic collaborators and study sponsors at the same time. If the histology data confirm the mechanism underlying the behavioural results reported today, the biology causing today's result would represent a major scientific achievement that could lead to a medical breakthrough in treating Parkinson's disease."

Neurotrophic factors have been promising drug candidates for Parkinson's disease for over two decades because they have special biological properties that allow them to selectively protect certain neurons. Large biotechnology companies and leading academic investigators have conducted a number of clinical trials on GDNF in Parkinson's disease first initiated in 1996, at an estimated total cost of over $400M, where GDNF has shown promise as a disease-modifying treatment. However, technological limitations of delivering neurotrophic factors to the brain, limitations that Amarantus believes have been resolved by researchers in academia and industry, have delayed the translation of the underlying biology of neurotrophic factors into approved medicines. A unique drug such as MANF that potentially acts by re-innervating the striatum when delivered to the substantia nigra, combined with new
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