BURLINGTON, Mass., May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALDX) (Aldeyra), a biotechnology company focused on the development of products to treat diseases related to free aldehydes, today announced that new data supporting its lead product candidate, NS2, which is designed to trap aldehydes, will be presented as an abstract poster at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 2014 Annual Meeting, being held May 7, 2014 through May 10, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The study, titled "NS2, a novel aldehyde trap, decreases aldehyde levels in dry skin and eye models" (Abstract LB793), will be presented during Poster Session I on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 10am – 12pm (MT) in the NE Exhibit Hall of the Albuquerque Convention Center. In addition, the abstract was selected for discussion at the invitation-only Academic/Industry Session that follows the Academic-Industry Partnership Project during the Satellite Symposium being held on Thursday, May 8 at 12pm – 2 pm (MT).
Researchers studied the effect of dry conditions on inducing malondialdehyde (MDA) levels – which have been shown to be elevated in a variety of inflammatory skin and eye diseases – in human skin and eye tissue and the activity of NS2 in reducing levels of MDA generated by dry conditions. The study found that topical application of NS2 cream to three-dimensional human skin equivalents lowered MDA levels (measured by thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, or TBARS, assay) induced by dry skin conditions, and topical application of NS2 eye drops to three-dimensional human cornea-like tissue lowered MDA levels induced by dry eye conditions.
Researchers concluded that in topical dermatologic and eye drop formulations, NS2 has significant aldehyde trapping activity in human dermal and ocular tissue subjected to dry conditions and that topically applied NS2 could be a safe and effective treatment for diseases characterized by dry tissue. Researchers also concluded that dry conditions induce aldehyde generation in human dermal and ocular tissue and that the cream vehicle used for NS2 formulations and NS2 creams between 0.05-0.1% are unlikely skin irritants when topically applied twice a day to human skin equivalents with 12 hours between applications.
NS2 is an aldehyde-binding small molecule based on an innovative platform technology created to bind and trap free aldehydes, which are toxic and pro-inflammatory mediators of numerous diseases, and are thought to impair the formation of moisture barriers in tissue. By decreasing aldehyde load, NS2, in pre-clinical studies, has demonstrated multiple mechanisms of action, including generating an anti-inflammatory response, legion healing, reduction of fibrosis, and protection of a lipid critical to dermal tissue moisture barriers and ocular tear integrity. As a product candidate, NS2 is currently being evaluated to address two underserved skin and eye diseases, Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome and acute anterior uveitis.
Todd C. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Aldeyra, commented, "We are excited to present the findings of our recent studies at this year's SID Annual Meeting. These data demonstrate that our lead product candidate NS2 has the ability to trap free aldehydes and may thereby protect specific lipids critical to preserving moisture in the skin and eye. Given the results that we have seen, we believe that NS2 can be a viable and effective therapeutic option for patients who suffer from dry skin or dry eye conditions."
NS2, a product candidate that is designed to trap and allow for disposal of free aldehydes, is under development for the treatment of Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome (SLS), a rare disease caused by mutations in an enzyme that metabolizes fatty aldehydes, and acute anterior uveitis, a rare disease characterized by severe inflammation and pain in the anterior eye.
About Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.
Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc, is a biotechnology company focused primarily on the development of products to treat diseases thought to be related to endogenous free aldehydes, a naturally occurring class of toxic molecules. The company has developed NS2, a product candidate designed to trap free aldehydes. Aldeyra plans to begin clinical testing of NS2 in 2014 for the treatment of Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome and acute anterior uveitis. NS2 has not been approved for sale in the U.S. or elsewhere. www.aldeyra.com
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