NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with C2N Diagnostics, a privately held protein diagnostic and therapeutic discovery company, to develop and commercialize a portfolio of anti-tau antibodies for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders. This partnership builds upon AbbVie's commitment to pursue transformational disease-modifying therapies in Alzheimer's Disease.
Tau stabilizes proteins that are responsible for the structure and transport in neuronal cells.
Abnormal accumulation of altered tau protein is a leading indicator in a variety of neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer's Disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration. In these conditions, the development of tau pathology strongly correlates with clinical disease progression.
"The need for new approaches and therapies to address Alzheimer's disease is critical," said Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., vice president, pharmaceutical discovery, AbbVie. "C2N's portfolio of anti-tau antibodies represents one of the most promising approaches to delaying progression of devastating neurodegenerative disease. Combining the world class expertise in Alzheimer's Disease at C2N with AbbVie's proven capabilities in neuroscience will enable the rapid advancement of anti-tau antibodies into patients."
Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.
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About C2N Diagnostics
C2N Diagnostics, LLC (www.c2ndiagnostics.com) was formed by scientific co-founders Drs. David Holtzman and Randall Bateman ofWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO and LifeTech Research, a Maryland-based technology research and venture development firm (www.lifetechresearch.com). C2N is commercializing a suite of biomarker assays and tools to enable drug discovery, clinical drug development at lower risk and cost, and early detection of debilitating neurodegenerative disorders. The company's products include the SILK-Aβ®, SILK-ApoE™, SISAQ-Aβ™, and SISAQ-Tau™ Assays, which rely upon stable isotope labeling and mass spectrometry for the measurement of the kinetics, or in vivo metabolism, and quantitation of brain derived proteins. Beyond Alzheimer's Disease, products are in development to target Parkinson's Disease, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, among other conditions. For additional information, please contact [email protected] or call 1-877-C2N-DIAG (1-877-226-3424).
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