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Intra-Cellular Therapies and Takeda Enter into Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Compounds for Schizophrenia
Date:3/2/2011

itors have the potential to be a novel drug with a new mechanism of action which will satisfy unmet medical needs for the millions of patients suffering from schizophrenia. We plan to accelerate our R&D activities for this compound in an effort to bring this novel medicine to patients as quickly as possible."

About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a major neuropsychiatric disorder that affects over one percent of the world population with an illness that begins in late adolescence and lasts a lifetime. Its best known symptoms are "positive symptoms", which include hallucinations and delusions; but other mental functions are also affected, including social and motivational skills ("negative symptoms") and cognitive behaviors, like inattention and poor memory. Current antipsychotics are effective primarily on reducing positive symptoms but leave negative and cognitive symptoms untouched. Not only are current drugs incompletely effective, but they also have limiting side effects, including troublesome actions on motor function, weight gain, and metabolic symptoms (diabetes and hyperlipidemia), along with sedation, constipation, dizziness, and loss of bladder control. Few people with schizophrenia regain normal psychosocial function. The medical need in this disease area is enormous.

About PDE1 Inhibitors

These compounds are unique, orally available, investigational drugs being developed for the treatment of cognitive impairments accompanying schizophrenia and other neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Parkinson's disease.  These compounds also have the potential to improve motor dysfunction associated with these disorders. They potently inhibit the PDE1 enzyme in a competitive manner with sub-nanomolar affinity for this subfamily. These compounds are very selective for the PDE1 subfamily relative to other PDE subfam
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