Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Neuraltus ALS drug results 'encouraging'

An experimental drug from Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals Inc. was effective against a biomarker of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in an early-stage study.
Although the clinical study by the privately held, Palo Alto-based company was only Phase I, involved just 32 people and assessed the drug’s effect on the biomarker only 24 hours after dosing, the result is significant because Neuraltus’ drug is believed to be the first to provide a statistically significantly improvement in blood levels of the biomarker.
The finding also could garner more attention for Neuraltus — particularly from investors — as it tries to raise money to undertake a more extensive Phase II study.

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