Alzheimer’s disease: trigriluzole phase 2 trial in collaboration with ADCS

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Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative, late-stage product candidates targeting neurological diseases, has announced its clinical trial collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS). The ADCS is a leading Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical trials research consortium that receives major support from the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the US National Institutes of Health. The ADCS was developed to promote the discovery, development, and testing of new drugs for the treatment of AD. The ADCS includes a coordinating center housed at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and a robust network of clinical research sites located at major academic medical centers and private clinics specializing in AD care and research throughout the United States and Canada. The ADCS has successfully completed the largest number of clinical trials in the AD field while also developing some of the important instruments for use within clinical trials. The ADCS has been undertaking the development efforts for this study over the last six months in partnership with Biohaven. The company will work with the ADCS to evaluate trigriluzole in patients with AD. Trigriluzole is a third-generation prodrug and new chemical entity that modulates glutamate, the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the human body. Agents that modulate glutamate neurotransmission may have therapeutic potential in multiple diseases that involve glutamate dysfunction. As part of this collaboration, Biohaven will fund a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of trigriluzole in patients with mild-to-moderate AD.

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