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Aldeyra Therapeutics to Present Novel Data on a Potential Treatment for Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome at the 2015 Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders Annual Meeting

LEXINGTON, Mass., Jan. 29, 2015 (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 novel data on the potential of its lead product candidate, NS2, to treat Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome (SLS) has been accepted for a poster presentation at the upcoming 2015 Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD) Annual Meeting, being held March 28-31, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

SLS is a rare disease caused by mutations in an aldehyde-metabolizing enzyme, fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase. In SLS, aldehyde-mediated modification of lipids (fats) is thought to disrupt the dermal moisture barrier, leading to the severe ichthyosis (dry, scaly, thickened skin) that is characteristic of the disease. Aldeyra will present the objectives, methods and results of preclinical studies evaluating the efficacy of an aldehyde trapping agent, NS2, in blocking aldehyde modification of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), a critical lipid in biological membranes and the dermal moisture barrier. The data suggest that NS2 could have significant utility in treating the dermatologic manifestations of SLS.

The poster and date of the presentation is provided below.

  • Aldehyde Trapping Agent NS2 Blocks Formation of Fatty Aldehyde Adducts with Phosphatidylethanolamine and Suggests Potential Therapeutic Approach for Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome
    Poster: 79
    Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
    Location: Imperial Ballroom at the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

Todd C. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Aldeyra, commented, "We look forward to presenting this data that suggest the potential of NS2 to ameliorate the debilitating symptoms of SLS, a rare but serious life-long condition. We are optimistic about the activity of NS2 based on data generated to date, and believe the abstract acceptance is a testament to the importance of discovering a therapy for SLS, for which there are currently no FDA-approved drugs."

NS2 is an aldehyde-binding small molecule based on an innovative platform technology focused on trapping free aldehydes, which are toxic and pro-inflammatory mediators of numerous diseases. By decreasing aldehyde load, NS2 may mitigate aldehyde-mediated toxicity. As a product candidate, NS2 is currently being evaluated to address two underserved rare diseases, SLS and noninfectious anterior uveitis.

About Aldeyra Therapeutics

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 initiate Phase II clinical studies of NS2 in Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome and noninfectious anterior uveitis in 2015. NS2 has not been approved for sale in the U.S. or elsewhere. www.aldeyra.com

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CONTACT: Corporate Contact: Stephen Tulipano Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. Tel: +1 781-761-4904 Ext. 205 stulipano@aldeyra.com Investor Contact: David Burke The Ruth Group Tel: +1 646-536-7009 dburke@theruthgroup.comSource:Aldeyra Therapeutics