Allon Therapeutics Inc.
TSX : NPC

Allon Therapeutics Inc.

August 02, 2006 08:30 ET

Allon Files CTA to Add Canadian Sites to Phase II Clinical Trial

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 2, 2006) - Allon Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:NPC), The Neuro Protection Company™, today announced that it has filed a Clinical Trial Application (CTA) with Health Canada to gain approval to begin recruiting Canadian patients into its ongoing Phase II human clinical trial evaluating the Company's product AL-208 as a treatment for the mild cognitive impairment that commonly occurs following coronary artery bypass graft (MCI post-CABG) surgery.

The ongoing Phase II trial is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of AL-208 at preventing or reducing MCI on CABG surgery patients at several clinical sites in the United States. Preventing or reducing MCI post-CABG has a potential market estimated at US$500-million for which there is no available treatment today.

During the first stage of the Phase II trial, the safety of AL-208 will be confirmed in CABG patients at increasing doses. The second stage will be a placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-group evaluation to determine the efficacy of a single dose of AL-208 at up to 20 medical centres in the United States and Canada. In total, approximately 200 patients will be treated with AL-208 (or placebo) during surgery.

During the second stage, a single dose of AL-208 or a placebo will be administered to patients prior to their CABG surgery. Several weeks after the surgery, the patients will undergo a battery of cognitive tests to determine whether AL-208 has prevented or reduced the cognitive impairment associated with CABG compared with the placebo.

About Allon

Allon Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage Canadian biotechnology company developing drugs that protect against neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's, cognitive impairment, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and neuropathy. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "NPC" (Neuro Protection Company™) and based in Vancouver.

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