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Annovis Bio Announces Dosing Of First Three Patients In Phase 2a Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Trial

BERWYN, Pa., Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Annovis Bio Inc. (NYSE:ANVS), a clinical-stage drug platform company addressing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative

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BERWYN, Pa., Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Annovis Bio Inc. (NYSE:ANVS), a clinical-stage drug platform company addressing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative diseases, today announced dosing of the first three patients in its new Phase 2a clinical trial targeting early AD and PD patients.

The two-part study, which received IRB approval in July 2020, is designed to treat a combined total of 28 AD and PD patients for four weeks with Annovis' lead compound, ANVS401. The study compares in both patient populations how nerve cells die by measuring all the steps in the toxic cascade leading to nerve cell death and how ANVS401 might reverse the toxic cascade and recover normal brain function. In addition to target and pathway engagement, the Phase 2a study also examines safety and tolerability as well as the effect of ANVS401 on motor and non-motor symptoms in early PD patients and the effect on memory and cognitive function in early AD subjects. Initial data from this trial is expected in early 2021. This study will be followed by a dose response study in 40 PD patients with final data readout expected by late summer 2021.

“Beginning treatment in our second Phase 2a study is a major milestone for Annovis,” commented Maria Maccecchini, Ph.D., CEO of Annovis Bio. “This brings us one step closer to evaluating whether our approach may translate into a novel treatment option for patients suffering from a range of neurodegenerative diseases.”

Annovis Bio is following all FDA recommendations and taking appropriate precautions regarding COVID-19 and has selected the 15 sites for the study to be geographically dispersed throughout the U.S. The Company is initially targeting recruitment at sites in areas where COVID-19 is less rampant, while sites in high COVID-19 areas remain closed.

“While COVID-19 has previously delayed trials for most biopharma companies, including the start of this trial, having a diverse mix of study sites should afford us the opportunity to maintain recruitment and treatment schedules moving forward,” added Dr. Maccecchini.

There has been a string of clinical trial failures for drugs based on the belief that sticky brain plaques cause AD. With 500 failed drugs based on that hypothesis, Annovis has developed a new approach to treat AD as well as PD by attacking multiple neurotoxic proteins simultaneously. In two animal models, ANVS401 reduced neurotoxic proteins, improved axonal transport, lowered inflammation, and restored healthy nerve cells in both AD and PD.  Based on publicly available data, no other drug has been shown in animal studies to impede the whole toxic cascade and show preclinical efficacy in both AD and PD. 

PD affects an estimated one million people in the U.S. and as many as 10 million globally. An estimated 5.8 million people in the U.S. have AD and there are approximately 44 million people worldwide living with the disease. AD and PD significantly impact quality of life for patients and their families.