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Other Programs

In addition to our clinical-stage product candidates, we have two advanced preclinical programs that we believe provide the potential for innovative disease-modifying therapies for treating Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders.

In our ER-beta program, we have discovered an estrogen receptor-beta agonist that exhibits anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties in preclinical models and may have the ability to slow down the progression of Parkinson's disease. This compound also may address symptoms of chronic, inflammatory and neuropathic pain, and may serve as a new approach to the treatment of neurodegeneration associated with multiple sclerosis. We are currently pursuing research and development in this program pursuant to a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institutes of Health, and through funding from Fast Forward, LLC, and EMD Serono, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA.

In our Nurr-1 program, we have discovered that low doses of a currently marketed drug, which is used in the treatment of cancer, activate Nurr1-RXR complexes and promote viability of dopamine-containing neurons in preclinical models. We have conducted studies to examine the effect of this compound on neuroprotection and neurodegeneration in preclinical models of Parkinson's disease pursuant to a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation. We believe that our Nurr-1 program provides the potential for an innovative disease-modifying therapy for treating Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders.

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