TORONTO, CANADA--(Marketwired - Jan. 22, 2014) - Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CTH)(OTCQX:CYNAF), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that Nathan Bryson, Chief Scientific Officer, will be leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities.
Anthony Giovinazzo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cynapsus, said, "The board and executive team thank Nathan for his leadership and contributions to the success of Cynapsus over the past 5 years. Over this time, the Company has successfully developed the APL-130277 thin film strip and completed three clinical trials. We look forward to building on these achievements and moving to the completion of commercial manufacturing and scale up. We also remain focused on completing the pivotal studies in advance of a U.S. New Drug Application expected to be submitted in 2016."
An executive search has commenced. Dr. Bryson has agreed to assist the Company with the transition until a replacement is hired.
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About Cynapsus Therapeutics
Cynapsus is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing a convenient and easy to use sublingual (oral) thin film strip for the acute rescue of "OFF" motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Cynapsus' drug candidate, APL-130277, is an easy-to-administer, fast-acting reformulation of apomorphine, which is the only approved drug (in the United States, Europe, Japan and other countries) to rescue patients from "OFF" episodes. Cynapsus is focused on maximizing the value of APL-130277 by completing pivotal studies in advance of a New Drug Application ("NDA") expected to be submitted in 2016. Cynapsus anticipates a trade sale or out-licensing to an appropriate global pharmaceutical partner before such an application is submitted.
Over one million people in the U.S. and an estimated 4 to 6 million people globally suffer from Parkinson's disease (National Parkinson Foundation, 2014). Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease that impacts motor activity, and its prevalence is increasing with the aging of the population. Based on a recent study and the results of the Company's Global 500 Neurologists Survey, it is estimated that between 25 percent and 50 percent of patients experience "OFF" episodes in which they have impaired movement or speaking capabilities. Current medications only control the disease's symptoms, and most drugs become less effective over time as the disease progresses.
More information about Cynapsus (TSX VENTURE:CTH)(OTCQX:CYNAF) is available at www.cynapsus.ca and at the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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