January 8, 2017: Institutional traders are accumulating biotechnology firm Anavex Life Sciences according to recent 13F filings. The institutional traders who bought the most shares of Anavex Life Sciences are:
BlackRock Fund Advisors = bought 843,994 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
BlackRock Institutional Trust = bought 284,540 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
State Street Corp = bought 218,377 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
Bank of New York Mellon = bought 129,276 shares according to 11-12-2016 filing
Black Rock Investment Management = bought 127,022 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
D. E. Shaw & Co = bought 105,080 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
SUSQUEHANNA International Group = bought 102,685 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
GEODE CAPITAL Management = bought 46,739 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
VANGUARD GROUP INC = bought 30,148 shares according to 11-14-2016 filing
California State Teachers Retirement System = bought 68,464 shares according to 11-11-2016 filing
NORTHERN TRUST CORP = bought 58,307 shares according to 11-12-2016 filing
TIAA CREF INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT = bought 25,129 shares according to 12-12-2016 filing
November 22, 2016: Anavex Life Sciences announces data on 41-Week treatment of ANAVEX 2-73 for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease; Investigational treatment suggests to curb cognitive and functional decline. At 41 weeks, Alzheimers patients taking a daily oral dose of ANAVEX 2-73 in the exploratory, not yet dose optimized Phase 2a clinical trial, showed a stabilization of cognitive and functional measures. This data of stabilization is promising since Alzheimers disease is a progressive disease where current therapeutics are only able to temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and not stop the disease from progressing.
At 41 weeks, oral daily dosing between 10mg and 50mg, ANAVEX 2-73 was well tolerated, and no patients discontinued treatment due to adverse events. There were no clinically significant treatment-related adverse events, and no serious adverse events.
Pre-specified exploratory analyses included the cognitive (MMSE) and the functional (ADCS-ADL) changes from baseline. A continued stabilization of both cognitive (MMSE) and functional (ADCS-ADL) measures in patients treated with ANAVEX 2-73 was observed. This correlation was positive with all measured scores (MMSE, ADCS-ADL, Cogstate, HAM-D and EEG/ERP).
About the ANAVEX 2-73 Phase 2a Study
The multicenter Phase 2a clinical trial of ANAVEX 2-73 consists of two parts and a total of 32 mild-to-moderate Alzheimers patients. PART A is a simple randomized, open-label, two-period, cross-over between oral (30mg/50mg) and IV (3mg/5mg) administration, adaptive trial lasting up to 5 weeks for each patient. PART B is an open-label extension for an additional 52 weeks. Initially planned for 26 weeks, PART B was extended to 52 weeks as a result of requests from patients and caregivers.
The primary endpoint of the Phase 2a trial is to establish safety, tolerability and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of ANAVEX 2-73, which had shown potential in preclinical studies to prevent, halt and/or reverse the course of the disease. Secondary endpoints include dose response, bioavailability, and exploratory cognitive as well as functional measures using Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and evaluation of Alzheimers Disease Co-operative Study Activities of Daily Living Inventory (ADCS-ADL), as well as Cogstate test battery and EEG/ERP.
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Anavex Life Sciences Corp. is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain and various types of cancer.
Anavex’s lead drug candidate, ANAVEX 2-73, is currently in a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. ANAVEX 2-73 is an orally available drug candidate that targets sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors and successfully completed Phase 1 with a clean safety profile. Preclinical studies demonstrated its potential to halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also exhibited anticonvulsant, anti-amnesic, neuroprotective and anti-depressant properties in animal models, indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders, including epilepsy and others. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has awarded Anavex a research grant to develop ANAVEX 2-73 for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease to fully fund a preclinical study, which could justify moving ANAVEX 2-73 into a Parkinson’s disease clinical trial.