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Omeros Announces National Institute on Drug Abuse's Support for Phase 2 Clinical Study in Addiction Program
Date:1/28/2010

About the Addiction Program

In its Addiction program, Omeros is developing proprietary compositions that include PPAR-gamma agonists for the prevention and treatment of addiction to substances of abuse, such as opioids, nicotine and alcohol, as well as other compulsive behaviors, including eating disorders. Based on the previously unknown link between PPAR-gamma and addiction disorders together with promising data from European pilot clinical studies and animal models of addiction, Omeros has filed patent applications claiming the use of any PPAR-gamma agonist, alone or in combination with other agents, for the prevention or treatment of addiction and other compulsions. According to the National Institutes of Health, the socioeconomic cost of all substance abuse in the United States alone is $484 billion per year.

About the New York State Psychiatric Institute

Founded in 1896, the New York State Psychiatric Institute (PI) contributes importantly to knowledge about the understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders.   It is ranked among the best psychiatric research facilities in the world today.  Noted for its research on depression and suicide, schizophrenia, anxiety and child psychiatric disorders, PI is also at the forefront of research dedicated to unraveling the brain's mysteries. Its scientists constitute the core of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. The 2000 Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, whose laboratories are at PI, was recognized for his work in elaborating on the cellular processes that underlie learning and memory, which has implications for major psychiatric disorders including Alzheimer's and for the normal decline in memory as we age. The Institute's solid scientific footing earned its scientists a
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