MIGDAL HA'EMEQ, Israel, Dec. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enzymotec Ltd. (Nasdaq:ENZY), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative bio-functional lipid ingredients, announced today the acceptance for future publication of its clinical study results evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Vayacog® usage in non-demented elderly.
The article manuscript titled "Phosphatidylserine containing omega-3 fatty acids may improve memory abilities in non-demented elderly with memory complaints: Results from an open-label extension" was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal "Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders." The study was conducted by Professor Amos Korczyn from Sourasky Medical Center, Department of Neurology, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Enzymotec's 15-week study was an extension of a previously published study in 2010. This extension aimed to evaluate the effect of Vayacog® (one capsule/day) on cognitive performance of 122 non-demented elderly participants with memory complaints. Efficacy was assessed using a computerized tool and the Clinical Global Impression of Change (CGI-C) rating scale.
During the study, a significant improvement (p0.05 > ) in sustained attention and memory recognition was observed in subjects switching from placebo to Vayacog® (naïve group). Additionally, a significant improvement in CGI-C was observed in this group.
"We are very pleased with the results of the study, which further demonstrated the positive effects of consumption of Vayacog® for dietary management of early memory impairment in elderly patients," said Dr. Ariel Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enzymotec Ltd.
"The results are noteworthy because no drug is available that can ameliorate cognitive state in normal elderly people complaining of memory impairment," said Professor Amos Korczyn, the principal investigator of this study.
Vayacog® is an orally administered prescription medical food for the clinical dietary management of certain lipid imbalances associated with early memory impairment.
About Enzymotec Ltd.
Enzymotec is a leading global supplier of specialty lipid-based products and solutions. The Company develops, manufactures and markets innovative bio-functional lipid ingredients, as well as final products, based on sophisticated processes and technologies.
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