--U.S. Patent #8,476,304 Covering Modified Release Metadoxine
--Patent Effective Through July 3, 2032
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alcobra Ltd. (Nasdaq:ADHD), an emerging biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of its proprietary drug, MG01CI, to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office will issue the Company's U.S. Patent #8,476,304, which includes claims covering modified release Metadoxine, the Company's lead drug candidate, on July 2, 2013.
This drug product composition patent protects the unique dual-release design of MG01CI including both immediate and sustained release formulations for optimal and effective once-daily dosing and will remain in effect in the United States through July 3, 2032. Additional geographies are expected to approve similar claims based on approval in the U.S.
"This patent protects not only the formulation used in our lead product candidate for ADHD, but more broadly the unique pharmacokinetic profile achieved using the dual-release system in MG01CI. The issuance of this patent will give us strong protection in the U.S. for many years to come," said Dr. Yaron Daniely, Chief Executive Officer of Alcobra. "Further, the patent provides Alcobra with additional opportunities to capitalize on the unique qualities of MG01CI to effectively address additional cognitive disorders beyond ADHD."
MG01CI is a proprietary, oral, dual-layer tablet formulation, combining rapid onset and extended release formulations of Metadoxine. This proprietary extended-release formulation prolongs the serum levels of Metadoxine for up to 12 hours, which may result in enhanced efficacy benefits.MG01CI, evaluated in a six-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multi-center Phase IIb study of 120 adult subjects with ADHD, showed statistically significant and rapid improvement in ADHD symptoms.
About Alcobra Ltd.
Alcobra Ltd. is an emerging biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of a proprietary drug, MG01CI, to treat ADHD. MG01CI has completed Phase II studies to treat ADHD. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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