Allon Therapeutics Inc.
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Allon Therapeutics Inc.

October 08, 2009 09:00 ET

Canadian Patent Strengthens IP for Allon's 2nd Technology Platform

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - Allon Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:NPC) announced today that the intellectual property underlying its activity-dependent neurotrophic factor (ADNF) technology platform has been strengthened by the issuance of a Canadian patent covering the chemical composition of the Company's preclinical-stage peptide AL-209 and its use in protecting against Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative diseases.

The Company said AL-209 has demonstrated highly potent neuroprotective activity in preclinical studies where it has been shown to block the effect of toxic insults and protect against neuronal cell death. AL-209 comes from the same Activity-dependent neurotrophic factor (ADNF) platform as AL-309 and has significant potential across a range of disease indications.

About Allon's neuroprotective platforms
Allon's two neuroprotective technology platforms are based on naturally occurring proteins produced by the brain in response to a range of insults. The platforms are activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) and activity-dependent neurotrophic factor (ADNF).Because the two platforms are based on different proteins, the drugs from each are different molecules with different therapeutic mechanisms and distinct commercial opportunities. Clinical-stage drugs davunetide intranasal (AL-108) and davunetide intravenous (AL-208) are derived from ADNP, while preclinical stage drugs AL-209 and AL-309 are derived from ADNF. ADNP drugs davunetide intranasal (AL-108) and davunetide intravenous (AL-208) are focused on Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, and cognitive impairment. ADNF drug candidate AL-309 is being developed for the treatment of peripheral neuropathies and is administered orally or subcutaneously.

About Allon
Allon Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing the first drugs that impact the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Allon's drug davunetide has demonstrated human efficacy in amnestic mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia-related cognitive impairment. Allon has Phase II human efficacy programs pursuing large underserved markets: Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, and schizophrenia-related cognitive impairment. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "NPC" (Neuro Protection CompanyTM) and based in Vancouver. For additional information please visit the Company's website: www.allontherapeutics.com

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