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Acorda Therapeutics 

15 Skyline Drive

Hawthorne  New York  10532  U.S.A.
Phone: 914-347-4300 Fax: 914-347-4560

Acorda Therapeutics is a privately held biotechnology company developing therapies for spinal cord injury (SCI) and related neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS). The Company's lead product, Fampridine-SR, is in Phase 3 clinical trials for chronic SCI and Phase 2 for MS.

Fampridine-SR acts to combat the effects of demyelination in the spinal cord. Myelin is the insulating sheath around nerve processes; when it is damaged due to trauma or disease, electrical impulses from the brain cannot be conducted past the demyelinated area. Fampridine-SR chemically blocks the exposed voltage-gated potassium channels, allowing the impulse from the brain to be conducted more normally past the area of damage. Fampridine is being studied in Phase 3 clinical trials to evaluate its efficacy in reducing spasticity in people with chronic spinal cord injury. Secondary endpoints in the study include evaluating its effect on bladder, bowel, and sexual function. The Company is also conducting a 152 patient, late Phase 2 clinical study in MS to evaluate Fampridine-SR's efficacy in walking speed and muscle strength.

Acorda's technology platform also includes two remyelinating agents in preclinical development for MS. The first is M1, a class of human monoclonal antibodies that have been shown to remyelinate the central nervous system in animal models, and the second is GGF2, a product of the neuregulin 1 gene. Preclinical studies have shown that GGF2 can stimulate the cell growth necessary to protect and regenerate damaged myelin. Additionally, Acorda is developing protein- and stem cell-based technologies for regeneration and repair of the spinal cord and brain.

In 2002, Acorda was the recipient of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association's L. W. Freeman Award for scientific research.

Key Management:

Ron Cohen, M.D., President and CEO
Andrew R. Blight, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research & Development
Mary Fisher, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning
Elliott A. Gruskin, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development
Mitchell Katz, Ph.D., Vice President, Clinical Programs
David Lawrence, Vice President, Finance
Mark R. E. Pinney, C.F.A., Chief Financial Officer and Director
Harold Safferstein, Ph.D., J.D., Vice President, Business Development

Last Updated: 05-09-03

Key Statistics

Ownership: Public

Web Site: Acorda
Symbol: ACOR




Athersys  A functional genomics collaboration focused on the discovery of validated drug targets to treat certain central nervous system disorders, including spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis. Athersys and Acorda will jointly own therapeutic products or validated targets identified and developed through the collaboration.


Company News
Acorda (ACOR) To Present At Two Investor Conferences In November 11/10/2015 11:23:42 AM
Acorda (ACOR) Provides Financial And Pipeline Update For 2015 Third Quarter 10/22/2015 10:52:18 AM
Acorda (ACOR) To Host Conference Call To Discuss Third Quarter Results On October 22, 2015 10/8/2015 10:29:51 AM
Acorda (ACOR) To Present New rHIgM22 and AMPYRA (dalfampridine) Data At The 31st Congress Of The European Committee For Treatment And Research In Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) 10/7/2015 11:13:45 AM
Acorda (ACOR) Recognized With Legal Media Group 2015 Life Sciences Award 10/2/2015 10:10:47 AM
Acorda (ACOR) Named One Of The 100 Best Workplaces For Women By Fortune And Great Place To Work 9/30/2015 12:43:42 PM
Acorda (ACOR) To Present At The Baird 2015 Healthcare Conference 9/3/2015 10:04:17 AM
Acorda (ACOR) Soars as Kyle Bass Loses Challenges to Pharma Patents 8/25/2015 5:48:13 AM
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) To Present At The Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference 8/5/2015 7:14:57 AM
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) Provides Financial And Pipeline Update For 2015 Second Quarter 7/30/2015 11:35:01 AM