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Alzheon Inc.

Alzheimer’s disease treatments for genetically at-risk patients

This article was originally published in Start Up

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Martin Tolar, a neurologist and neuroscientist by training and longtime AD R&D leader and dealmaker, believes that tramiprosate, a red-algae derivative that failed Phase III trials in 2007, had, in fact, significant disease-modifying benefit for a specific subset, but still a majority, of patients in the study. He founded Alzheon Inc. around a prodrug of tramiprosate and related intellectual property to pursue what he sees as a high-speed, low-cost pathway to test whether trampirosate could become the first approved AD drug in more than a decade – and the first personalized to a genetically identifiable patient population.

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