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Evotec's EVT 101 Shown to Penetrate the Brain in Man and to Modulate Brain Activity During the Performance of Cognitive Tasks
Date:3/28/2008

n addition, Evotec has satisfactorily completed dosing of its four week higher repeat dose study conducted in France. Encouragingly, initial findings regarding the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) penetration of EVT 101 assessed in a subgroup receiving EVT 101 showed that the compound demonstrated penetration into the CSF at levels predicted to inhibit NR2B receptors to a significantly higher amount than memantine at its therapeutic dose in Alzheimer's Disease.

"These data are extremely encouraging. They demonstrate EVT 101 penetrates the brain at doses that are well tolerated in man and expected to be clinically relevant, shows activity in areas relevant to pain and, importantly, modulates the activity of specific brain regions during the performance of cognitive tasks relevant to Alzheimer's disease", commented Dr Tim Tasker, Executive Vice President Clinical Development, Evotec AG.

Dr Mitul Mehta, academic lead for the project at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London stated: "We have clearly visualised not only a direct, dose dependent effect of the compound on the brain but also an interaction of the drug with tasks pertinent to cognitive performance and dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. These exciting new data also bode well for future studies in several indications of neurological and psychiatric ill health."

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