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Saegis Pharmaceuticals Announces Lead Product Candidate SGS742 Improves Cognition In Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment; Mixed Results


10/19/2005 5:11:04 PM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Saegis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing medicines that protect and enhance the function of the human mind, presented results from a Phase II clinical trial of its lead product, SGS742, demonstrating improvements in cognition in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. SGS742 is an orally active, selective GABAB receptor antagonist.

In this Phase II clinical study, 110 patients were randomized to receive either SGS742 or placebo daily for 8 weeks. There was no improvement of cognitive performance in the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised (HVLT) endpoint, however, significant improvements and positive trends were seen in additional endpoints including NYU-Paragraph, WAIS Digit Symbol Test (DST), and the CANTAB computer battery assessing memory, attention and psychomotor speed. [Poster P02.053]

"We are encouraged by the results of this Phase II study, which demonstrate that SGS742 has the potential to improve cognitive functions without the adverse effects typically associated with other cognitive enhancement therapeutics," said Rodney Pearlman, President and CEO of Saegis. "In addition to exploring how SGS742 may benefit patients diagnosed with MCI, we plan to pursue additional clinical development of SGS742 for Alzheimer's disease."

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition characterized by mild recent memory loss without dementia or significant impairment of other cognitive functions. The Peripheral and Central Nervous System Advisory Committee has stated that more than 80% of patients with MCI eventually develop Alzheimer's disease. The development of a therapeutic to treat MCI may prevent, delay or even reverse the cognitive decline of patients diagnosed with this disorder.

A significant amount of preclinical and clinical evidence has been collected demonstrating that SGS742 has the ability to enhance learning in mice, rats, primates and most recently in humans. Saegis in-licensed SGS742 from Novartis Pharma AG in 2001.

About Saegis Pharmaceuticals

Founded in 1999, Saegis Pharmaceuticals is a pioneer in the development of medicines that protect and enhance the function of the human mind. Through licensing activity, development partnerships and internal discovery programs, Saegis Pharmaceuticals is building a portfolio of compounds with activity against a range of disorders of the brain and central nervous system, including Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, and cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia. Currently the Company has three orally available small molecule compounds in clinical development, two of which have already demonstrated efficacy and safety in humans. These development activities are also supported by investments in Saegis Pharmaceuticals by Versant Ventures, Technology Partners, Sofinnova Ventures (U.S.), Sofinnova Partners (Paris), Polaris Venture Partners, NeuroVentures, the Stanley Medical Research Institute and Novartis AG. For more information, visit http://www.saegispharma.com/.

Contacts: Saegis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Euro RSCG Life NRP Helen Jenkins Jeannine Medeiros (650) 560-0210 x227 (415) 901-3709 helen@saegispharma.comjeannine.medeiros@eurorscg.com

Saegis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CONTACT: Helen Jenkins of Saegis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., +1-650-560-0210,ext., 227, or helen@saegispharma.com; or Jeannine Medeiros of Euro RSCG LifeNRP, +1-415-901-3709, or jeannine.medeiros@eurorscg.com, for SaegisPharmaceuticals, Inc.



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