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Fast Forward, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Axxam SpA Join Forces to Accelerate Development of Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes
Date:1/19/2010

ulti-disorders.  "We are pleased to partner with Axxam and JDRF to advance the development of new treatments for T1D and MS," said Dr. Timothy Coetzee, President of Fast Forward.  Adds Dr. Coetzee, "People with MS and T1D need more treatment options and the approach taken by Axxam holds great promise for both diseases."

"Our partnership with Fast Forward and Axxam opens exciting new avenues for JDRF to speed the translation of basic research into drugs and treatments for type 1 diabetes," said Alan J. Lewis, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF.  "Research into the Kv1.3 ion channel has the potential to negate the autoimmune process causing type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, which must be addressed to cure these diseases."

"It's rewarding for Axxam to be working with two world class non-profits dedicated to speeding new therapies to their constituencies," said  Dr. Stefan Lohmer, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Axxam. "This collaboration recognizes the quality of our research in the challenging ion channels field and we hope to be on the cusp for developing potential new therapies for both type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis."

About JDRF:

JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes.  It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal.  Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump -- each day, every day of their l
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