GLEN ROCK, NJ--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2016) - RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQB: RSPI) ("RespireRx" or the "Company"), a leader in the development of medicines for respiratory disorders, including drug-induced respiratory depression and sleep apneas, announced that the Company's President, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, James S. Manuso, Ph.D., will present at the BIO Investor Forum on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time. The Forum is sponsored by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 18 and 19, 2016. Dr. Manuso will be available for one-on-one meetings with Forum attendees on both days.
Commented Dr. Manuso, "The presentation at the BIO Investor Forum will allow us to provide investors with an update on RespireRx's recent reverse stock split, strategic initiatives and progress on research and development programs. In particular, I look forward to discussing our clinical progress in developing novel medicines, including dronabinol, for a variety of respiratory diseases." Dr. Manuso concluded, "We are pleased to keep our shareholders and other stakeholders informed as to the continuing progress of RespireRx's scientific, clinical and regulatory initiatives."
Dr. Manuso's live presentation and accompanying slides will be accessible on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time (2:00 P.M. Eastern Time) using the following link:
The presentation and slides will be accessible after the presentation by clicking on the same link or on the investors tab on the RespireRx web-site at www.respirerx.com and following the links and instructions. A copy of the slide presentation being presented at the Forum will be submitted in a Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prior to the presentation.
About RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc.
RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a leader in the development of medicines for respiratory disorders, with a focus on drug-induced respiratory depression and sleep apneas. The Company holds exclusive licenses and owns patents and patent applications for certain families of chemical compounds that claim the chemical structures and their uses in the treatment of a variety of disorders, as well as claims for novel uses of known drugs.
RespireRx has a pipeline of medicines in Phase 2 clinical development focused on pharmaceutical treatments for a variety of different breathing disorders. Clinical development in the area of respiratory disorders, particularly drug-induced respiratory depression and sleep apnea, has created opportunities for the development and commercialization of the Company's compounds.
Cannabinoids. One platform being developed by RespireRx is the class of compounds known as cannabinoids, including dronabinol. Under a license agreement with the University of Illinois, the Company has rights to patents claiming the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ascending Phase 2A clinical study conducted by the Company, dronabinol produced a statistically significant reduction in the Apnea-Hypopnea Index, the primary therapeutic end-point, and was observed to be safe and well-tolerated in a group of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea ("OSA"). The University of Illinois and three other centers conducted a six week, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2B clinical trial investigating the effects of dronabinol in patients with OSA. The University of Illinois has indicated that recruitment for this clinical trial was completed during the second quarter of 2016. Final research results are expected to be published in the fourth quarter of 2016. This clinical trial was fully funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and is being managed by University of Illinois researchers.
Ampakines. The other platform of proprietary medicines being developed by RespireRx are ampakines, which act to enhance the actions of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate at AMPA glutamate receptors. Several ampakines, in both oral and injectable forms, are being developed by the Company for the treatment of a variety of breathing disorders. In clinical studies, select ampakines have shown preliminary efficacy in central sleep apnea and in the control of respiratory depression produced by opioids, without altering the opioid analgesic effects. In animal models of orphan disorders, such as Pompe Disease, spinal cord injury and perinatal respiratory distress, it has been demonstrated that certain ampakines improve breathing function. The Company's compounds belong to a new class that does not display the undesirable side effects previously reported for other ampakines.
During March 2016, a Phase 2A clinical trial at Duke University School of Medicine was initiated with the Company's proprietary ampakine, CX1739, to determine the ability of its orally administered form to prevent the respiratory depression produced by remifentanil, a potent opioid, without altering remifentanil's analgesic properties. The dosing portion of the clinical trial was completed in June 2016 and the clinical trial was formally completed on July 11, 2016. The Company is working with the Duke University clinical research team to finalize data analysis and issue a final report on the results of the clinical trial by the end of December 2016.
Additional information about the Company and the matters discussed herein can be obtained on the Company's web-site at www.RespireRx.com or in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
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