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Curemark Moderates Autism Panel at Life Sciences Summit 2010
Date:10/11/2010

Young, PhD, William P. Timmie professor of psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine.  

Although most research efforts have focused on determining the genetic underpinnings of ASD, the panel discussed progress in understanding the neurochemicals believed to contribute to the pathology and symptoms of the disease.  These neurochemicals present nearer-term opportunities to repurpose existing therapeutics for use in treating some of the symptoms of ASD, the panel noted.  Panelists discussed several currently marketed products that are in development to address aggression/irritability, repetitive behavior and social impairment.  Additional research is focused on inflammatory and immune processes that may be associated with the pathogenesis of autism, such as research findings emerging from human genetic and animal studies which suggest that disruption of a key developmental process related to synapses may be a factor, the panel said.

Curemark's autism treatment targets enzyme deficiencies in autistic children which affect the availability of amino acids, the building blocks of chemicals essential for brain function.  If approved, it will be one of the first therapies to address the underlying physiology of autism.          

About CUREMARK LLC

Curemark is a drug research and development company focused on the treatment of neurological and other diseases, especially those with dysautonomic components, by addressing certain key gastrointestinal/pancreatic secretory deficiencies. The company's initial products are based upon breakthrough observations by its founder, Dr. Joan Fallon, which revealed a lack of protein digestion in children with autism and ADHD. To learn more about our innovative science, visit www.curemark.com

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