Tokyo, Japan, June 18, 2014,---Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; 4151 President and CEO: Nobuo Hanai; "Kyowa Hakko Kirin") announced today that they would initiate a Phase I trial in Europe for KHK6640, an anti-amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide antibody for treatment of prodromal/mild/moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Kyowa Hakko Kirin obtained exclusive rights to the development, manufacture, and sale of this monoclonal antibody, which selectively binds to pathological aggregates of Aβ peptide, from Immunas Pharma Inc. (Kawasaki-City Kanagawa, Japan President and CEO: Takuya Tsunoda) in December of 2009. Aβ aggregates are thought to be the main cause of Alzheimer's disease, and this antibody is expected to inhibit the progression of the disease.
Kyowa Hakko Kirin submitted a Clinical Trial Application for a Phase I trial to confirm the safety and tolerability of this antibody in patients with prodromal/mild/moderate Alzheimer's disease, and the application has been accepted by the regulatory authority of Belgium.
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