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Intra-Cellular Therapies Announces the Discovery of Potent Antidepressant Activity in ITI-007
Date:4/9/2008

NEW YORK, April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., today announced additional preclinical data from its ongoing development programs for ITI-007, the Company's first-in-class dual 5HT2A receptor antagonist/dopamine receptor phosphoprotein modulator (DPPM), and ITI-722, a low-dose formulation of ITI-007, which are in development for schizophrenia and sleep disorders, respectively. These new data demonstrate ITI-007 has preclinical activity both in vitro and in vivo as an antidepressant.

ITI-007 acts as a potent inhibitor of the serotonin transporter (SERT), a major target for most antidepressant drugs. To examine whether this in vitro activity could be predictive of behavioral activity in vivo, the antidepressant effect of ITI-007 was investigated using an animal model of depression involving social stress. Repeated treatment of ITI-007 improved performance in this animal model, consistent with antidepressant-like efficacy. The combined actions of ITI-007 as a SERT inhibitor, a 5HT2A receptor antagonist, and a DPPM may provide a unique, antidepressant drug with a more optimal profile, including a lack of sexual side effects common to other antidepressant drugs.

"These studies demonstrate ITI-007 may have antidepressant activity in addition to its potential in treating sleep maintenance insomnia and psychosis in patients," stated Sharon Mates, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intra-Cellular Therapies. "We believe ITI-007 represents a unique compound that may have broad use in treating many neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders where sleep problems, depression, or psychosis are prominent symptoms, including schizophrenia, affective disorders, and Parkinson's disease."

About ITI-007

ITI-007 is an orally available compound which combines potent 5HT2A receptor antagonism with cell-type-specific modulation of phosphoprotein pathways downstream of dopamine receptors. As a dopamine receptor phos
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