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ExonHit Therapeutics Reports Advancements in the Clinical Development of EHT 0202, its Phase II Drug for Alzheimer's Disease
Date:2/26/2009

PARIS, February 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ExonHit Therapeutics (Alternext: ALEHT) is pleased to announce that clinical testing of EHT 0202, its lead compound in Alzheimer's disease, is progressing well. Patient enrolment for the Phase IIa trial assessing EHT 0202 in patients with Alzheimer's disease is completed.

"The successful completion of patient enrolment for the Phase IIa represents an important milestone in the development of EHT 0202, and provides a clear timeline for the release of results," stated Dr. Loic Maurel, President of the Management Board of ExonHit Therapeutics. "Our strategy is to bring EHT 0202 up to the end of the ongoing study and then to look for a partner to move EHT 0202 through further clinical development. We have already met with several pharmaceutical companies that are looking forward to the Phase IIa results."

The trial is conducted under the supervision of Professor Bruno Vellas, Head of Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Research Center and Gerontopole, Toulouse University Hospital, France.

"EHT 0202 has an original mechanism of action: it stimulates the alpha-secretase pathway. If the neuroprotective and symptomatic effects of EHT 0202 demonstrated in animal models are confirmed in humans, it could change the treatment paradigm for Alzheimer's disease," stated Professor Vellas. "Current available drugs are symptomatic only and their clinical efficacy is limited over time, after which the evolution of the degenerative process starts progressing again. EHT 0202 is an interesting approach to potentially slow the evolution of the disease."

The Phase IIa trial is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study primarily investigating the safety and tolerability of EHT 0202 in approximately 150 patients with Alzheimer's disease. The effect of two different doses of EHT 0202 as adjunctive therapy to an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor
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