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Marinus Pharmaceuticals Announces U.S. Department of Defense Grant to Study Ganaxolone in Fragile-X Syndrome
Date:4/13/2011

e.  Ganaxolone has been administered to more than 950 healthy adult volunteers and patients in Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies. Completed Phase II epilepsy studies have generated data supportive of the efficacy and safety of ganaxolone in the treatment of both children and adults suffering from refractory epilepsy (patients who continue to have seizures despite taking multiple anticonvulsant drugs). Scientific research has suggested that ganaxolone therapy may be useful in the treatment of several other central nervous system disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Fragile-X Syndrome (FXS). Ganaxolone is being developed as a first in class treatment in epilepsy, PTSD and FXS.

Marinus has successfully developed several proprietary and novel patented formulations of ganaxolone.

About Fragile-X Syndrome

The result of a defect on the X chromosome, Fragile-X Syndrome (FXS) is the leading cause of inherited mental disability and the most common single-gene cause of autism. The condition is estimated to affect one in 3,600 males and one in 4,000 females. Approximately one-third of all children diagnosed with Fragile-X Syndrome also have some degree of autism. Fragile-X symptoms include learning and memory impairment, anxiety, hyperactivity and social avoidance.  Up to 30% of people with Fragile-X also develop seizures.

About Marinus Pharmaceuticals

Marinus is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the reformulation, development, and commercialization of novel drugs to treat serious neurological and psychiatric disorders. Marinus is located in Branford, Connecticut. Its investors include Domain Associates, Canaan Partners, Sofinnova Ventures and Foundation Medical Partners. For additional information, please visit the company's Web site at www.marinuspharma.com.


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