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Phase II Data on Lilly's Antibody Show It Affects Amyloid Beta, a Protein Believed To Be Associated with Alzheimer's Disease
Date:7/30/2008

n inflammation or bleeding. As expected for a study of this duration, no change in patients' cognitive scores was observed and there was no change in levels of brain amyloid beta plaque as measured by the SPECT tracer. In addition to the increase in the two major forms of the amyloid beta protein seen in blood and cerebrospinal fluid, an increase in the two other types of the amyloid beta protein thought to be present only in amyloid plaques was observed in participants' blood and cerebrospinal fluid. The biomarker effects lasted for several weeks. These biomarker findings suggest that longer term treatment with LY2062430 may slow the clinical progression of Alzheimer's disease, thus providing a rationale for additional trials of LY2062430.

"Results from this Phase II study are promising, and we are pleased to announce our intention to commence a Phase III pivotal study of LY2062430 beginning in 2009," said Steven M. Paul, M.D., Executive Vice President, Science and Technology, President of Lilly Research Laboratories. "Additionally we are currently enrolling patients into the Phase III study called IDENTITY, which examines treatment with LY450139, an investigational gamma secretase inhibitor believed to slow the rate of formation of amyloid beta, potentially slowing disease progression. These two neuroscience pipeline candidates represent potentially important advances in the effort to slow the progression of this fatal disease, and demonstrate our longstanding commitment to developing treatments for devastating brain illnesses."

About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that is the most common cause of dementia in patients over 65 years of age. Estimates show that 6-8 percent of people older than age 65 are affected by Alzheimer's disease(1), totaling approximately 5 million people in the United States alone(2). Every 72 seconds, an American is developing Alzheimer's disease(3), and it is the se
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