Allon Therapeutics Inc.

Allon Therapeutics Inc.

October 05, 2010 08:30 ET

Allon's CEO Presenting at BIO Investor Forum

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - Allon Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:NPC) President and CEO Gordon McCauley will present an update of the Company's business progress on Wednesday, October 6 at the 9th Annual BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco attended by public and private equity investors, research analysts, investment bankers, and the pharma community.

McCauley's presentation will include an update of Allon's clinical program to develop lead neuroprotective drug candidate davunetide as the first approved treatment for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a type of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD is a group of rapidly progressive and fatal degenerative brain diseases, often mis-diagnosed as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.

The live webcast may be viewed at 9:00 a.m. PDT (12 p.m. EDT) at The presentation will be archived and available for viewing one hour after its live conclusion and for three months at the Company's website at

Allon expects to begin an advanced efficacy trial in PSP patients in the near future. The Company's progress thus far in 2010 in its PSP program includes:

  • Orphan Drug designation for davunetide for a treatment for PSP in the United States and the European Union, the world's two largest pharmaceutical markets;
  • Fast Track status in the U.S. for davunetide for the treatment of PSP;
  • Completion of a Phase 1 clinical trial that began enrolling patients January 28, 2010. The resulting Phase 1 data expanded the demonstrated safety range and pharmacokinetic profile of davunetide at dosage levels higher than previously used in the Company's clinical trials; and
  • Initiation of a pilot study at University of California, San Francisco to validate the trial design for the efficacy clinical trial.

The BIO Investor Forum is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the world's largest organization representing the biotech industry. The forum is exploring investment trends and opportunities in life sciences, with a focus on public and venture-stage growth companies as well as those poised to join the growth "watch list" for 2011.

About davunetide

Davunetide is derived from a naturally occurring neuroprotective brain protein known as activity dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP). Allon's laboratory and animal studies have shown that davunetide improves cognition in a number of disease models through a mechanism believed to involve effects on microtubules, structures in the brain critical to communication between cells.

About Allon's neuroprotective platforms

Allon's two neuroprotective technology platforms are based on two 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 based on davunetide are derived from ADNP, while preclinical stage drug AL-309 is derived from ADNF. Davunetide is focused on Alzheimer's disease, cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia, and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). 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 developing treatments for major neurodegenerative conditions. Allon's drug davunetide has demonstrated human efficacy in amnestic mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, and cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia. Allon has Phase 2 human efficacy programs pursuing large underserved markets, such as Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia, and in orphan markets, such as frontotemporal dementias. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "NPC" (Neuro Protection Company™) and based in Vancouver. For additional information please visit the Company's website:

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