- On Monday, July 26th, New Clinical Data for SavaDx to be Shared in a Poster Presentation
- On Thursday, July 29th, New Clinical Data for Simufilam to be Featured in a Podium Presentation
Cassava Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAVA), a biotechnology company focused on Alzheimer’s disease, today announced it will present two new clinical datasets for its product candidates at the 2021 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), which is being held in Denver, Co and virtually on July 26th through July 30th. Cassava Sciences’ investigational product candidates include simufilam, a drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, and SavaDx, a biomarker/diagnostic to detect Alzheimer’s disease with a simple blood test.
On Monday, July 26th, at approximately 10 am ET, scientists for Cassava Sciences will show a poster presentation at AAIC, titled “SavaDx, a Novel Plasma Biomarker to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease, Confirms Mechanism of Action of Simufilam”.
On Thursday, July 29th, at approximately 11 am ET, simufilam will be featured in a live podium presentation at AAIC, including a brief Q&A session. This oral presentation will announce results of an interim analysis on safety and cognition for the first 50 patients with Alzheimer’s disease to complete 9 months of open-label treatment. Scientists for Cassava Sciences will also present biomarker data analyzed from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collected from 25 study subjects at baseline and again after completing 6 months of open-label drug treatment, including:
- Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease: amyloid beta42, total tau, P-tau181
- Biomarkers of neurodegeneration: neurogranin, neurofilament light chain (NfL)
- Biomarkers of neuroinflammation: YKL-40, sTREM2 and HMGB1
“Cassava Sciences’ contributions to AAIC showcase our efforts to develop innovative product candidates for people living with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Remi Barbier, President and CEO. “We are honored AAIC’s scientific committee has invited us to present the latest clinical dataset for simufilam in an oral presentation on Thursday, July 29th.”
AAIC policy requires that all materials submitted to AAIC remain embargoed for public broadcast until their officially scheduled date and time of presentation at AAIC.
Cassava Sciences expects to publicly release all AAIC materials contemporaneously with their scheduled date and time of presentation at AAIC. At those times, materials will be posted on the ‘Investors’ page of the Company’s website: https://www.CassavaSciences.com
SavaDx is Cassava Sciences’ investigational diagnostic to detect Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of SavaDx is to make the detection of Alzheimer’s as simple as getting a blood test, possibly years before the appearance of any overt clinical symptoms. SavaDx was substantially funded by a peer-reviewed research grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Simufilam (sim-uh-FILL-am) is a proprietary, small molecule (oral) drug that restores the normal shape and function of altered filamin A (FLNA), a scaffolding protein, in the brain. Altered FLNA in the brain disrupts the normal function of neurons, leading to Alzheimer’s pathology, neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. The underlying science for simufilam is published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Aging, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation and Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. Simufilam is substantially supported by peer-reviewed research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. As of 2020, there were approximately 50 million people worldwide living with dementia, a figure expected to increase to 150 million by 2050.1 The annual global cost of dementia is now above $1 trillion, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International, a charitable organization.
The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) is the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Each year, AAIC convenes the world’s leading basic science and clinical researchers, next-generation investigators, clinicians and the care research community to share research discoveries that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
About Cassava Sciences, Inc.
Cassava Sciences’ mission is to discover and develop innovations for chronic, neurodegenerative conditions. Over the past 10 years, Cassava Sciences has combined state-of-the-art technology with new insights in neurobiology to develop novel solutions for Alzheimer’s disease.
Simufilam and SavaDx were both developed in-house. Cassava Sciences owns worldwide development and commercial rights to its research programs in Alzheimer’s disease, and related technologies, without royalty obligations to any third party.
For more information, please visit https://www.CassavaSciences.com
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, relating to: the Company’s anticipated data presentations at AAIC; expectations regarding the clinical benefits of SavaDx or simufilam; and the Company’s execution on its strategy to initiate a Phase 3 clinical program in Alzheimer’s disease in 2021. These statements may be identified by words such as “may,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “expect,” “would,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” and other words and terms of similar meaning.
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1 Alzheimer's Disease International, Dementia Statistics, available on-line and accessed July 20, 2021.
2 Source: https://www.alz.org/aaic/about/overview.asp, accessed July 19, 2021.