Allon Therapeutics Inc.
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Allon Therapeutics Inc.

February 20, 2008 09:30 ET

Allon to Study AL-108 Drug Distribution in Alzheimer's Patients

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - Allon Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:NPC), The Neuro Protection Company™, announced today that it has expanded the scope of its ongoing clinical trial evaluating the pharmacokinetics of the Company's drug AL-108 by adding Alzheimer's disease patients to the study.

Allon announced January 10, 2008 that it had commenced dosing in an additional trial designed specifically to evaluate the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma pharmacokinetics (PK) of the Company's drugs AL-108 and AL-208 in healthy adult subjects.

Gordon McCauley, Allon's President and CEO, said that adding Alzheimer's patients to this trial reflects the Company's commitment to methodically advance its clinical programs and ensure that it has the most robust data set to design a Phase IIb clinical trial in Alzheimer's. Allon expects to start this Phase IIb trial in 2008 after it reports data this quarter from its Phase IIa efficacy trial in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a precursor to Alzheimer's.

"Adding these Alzheimer's patients to our PK study will look at whether Alzheimer's patients handle our drugs any differently from healthy adult subjects and will make sure we know what to expect when we move into Phase IIb study in Alzheimer's," said McCauley. "It also allows us to include some experimental CSF biomarkers for Alzheimer's to look at the disease modification mechanism of action in humans."

McCauley said the Company expects to release results from this PK study in Q2 this year.

CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Its close proximity to brain tissue means that measuring drug levels in the CSF gives an evaluation of brain concentrations without having to remove brain tissue. By comparing drug levels in the CSF and plasma it is possible to estimate the portion of drug dose that crosses into the brain.

AL-108 is being evaluated in a Phase II trial in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, and in a Phase II trial in cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia. AL-108 is administered intranasally.

AL-208 is being evaluated in a Phase II trial as prevention for the mild cognitive impairment (MCI) resulting from ischemic damage during coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG). Trial results will also indicate AL-208's potential as a treatment for the ischemic damage resulting from stroke. AL-208 is administered intravenously.

About Allon

Allon Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing treatments for major neurodegenerative conditions. Allon has three Phase II human efficacy trials under way pursuing three large underserved markets: Alzheimer's disease, stroke and cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "NPC" (Neuroprotection Company™) and based in Vancouver. For additional information please visit the Company's website: www.allontherapeutics.com.

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