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Neurotune completes next funding round

07-30-2008 02:46 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Neurotune AG

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Schlieren, 29th July 2008. Neurotune AG, a Swiss biopharmaceutical company, announces the closing of the fourth funding round. Another single-digit million Swiss francs will accrue to the company. The company will use the increase in capital to advance the development of its therapeutical approach to treat sarcopenia and along with this the diagnostical methods. Part of the capital will be used to extend a developmental pipeline.
The company focuses on the development of a drug to treat sarcopenia, i.e. age-related muscle atrophy. More than ten million people worldwide are affected by this disease. Appropriate lead candidates have been identified already and presumably the preclinical development of the most promising product candidates will start shortly. In addition, the company will intensify its efforts to establish a biomarker for early and decisive clinical diagnosis of sarcopenia, because the currently used methods are inefficient and labor-intensive.

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Neurotune was incorporated in January 2005 as a spin-off from Prionics AG and has its seat in Schlieren (Zurich), Switzerland.
Neurotune develops small-molecular drugs to treat disorders of the human nervous system (peripheral and central). First priority is given to drugs to treat age-related muscle atrophy – Sarcopenia, and a corresponding biomarker.

With age, progressive muscle degeneration leads to reduced strength ensuing problems such as frequent falls. The age-related muscle atrophy – Sarcopenia – is defined as the loss of muscle mass and strength with aging, and plays a major role in the pathogenesis of frailty and functional impairment that occurs with the elderly. It correlates with the loss of muscular strength, decreased metabolic rate, gradual reduction of bone density, and decreased aerobic capacity.
The treatment of Sarcopenia is a growing market with no available causal treatment.

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