Intra-Cellular Therapies Presents the ITI-007 Clinical Development Program at the 15th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research

NEW YORK, March 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ITCI), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, presented data regarding the ITI-007 development program and described the rationale supporting the strategy for the advancement of ITI-007 in multiple clinical indications at the 15th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR) in Colorado Springs.

In a poster the Company described the rationale for dose selection in the ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in schizophrenia. Preclinical data predicted antipsychotic efficacy at human equivalent doses as low as 20 – 40 mg of ITI-007. Positron emission tomography (PET) data in healthy volunteers demonstrated striatal D2 receptor occupancy of ~20% and ~40% at doses of 20 mg and 40 mg, respectively. Striatal D2 receptor occupancy at 60 mg was projected to be approximately 50%. In a Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with schizophrenia, ITI-007 at a dose of 60 mg demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in psychosis with a favorable metabolic, cardiovascular and motor adverse event profile.

Based on the preclinical and clinical results described above the Company selected doses of 60 mg and 40 mg of ITI-007 for the ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in schizophrenia. This study, ITI-007-301, is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, inpatient clinical trial in patients with an acutely exacerbated episode of schizophrenia. In this trial, over 400 patients are expected to be randomized to receive one of three treatments: 60 mg ITI-007, 40 mg ITI-007 or placebo in a 1:1:1 ratio. The Company anticipates topline results from this trial will be available in the second half of 2015.

In an oral presentation the Company summarized the clinical progress of ITI-007 to date and emphasized its rationale supporting the development of ITI-007 for other indications. ITI-007 has a unique pharmacological profile acting as a serotonergic, dopaminergic, and glutamatergic modulator. In addition, ITI-007 has a dose-dependent pharmacology. At low doses, ITI-007 acts mainly as a potent 5-HT2A receptor antagonist, with modest interaction with other drug targets. As the dose is increased, additional pharmacological interactions play a greater role, i.e., dopamine and glutamate receptor modulation and inhibition of SERT are gradually increased. The Company emphasized the pharmacological, pharmacodynamic and safety profile of ITI-007, which supports its development in other indications beyond schizophrenia, including bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder as well as behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia.

ITI-007's unique pharmacology, including its activity at the serotonergic, dopaminergic, and glutamatergic systems, is associated with reduction in symptoms associated with depression. In the Phase 2 schizophrenia trial, a 60 mg dose of ITI-007 resulted in marked antidepressant effects in patients with schizophrenia and co-morbid depression. The drug's unique pharmacological activity also supports potential efficacy for the treatment of bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder.

In addition, low doses of ITI-007 have the potential to reduce behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia (including Alzheimer's disease) such as a reduction in agitation and irritability, improvements in mood and emotional stress as well as improvement in sleep. Low doses of ITI-007, up to and including 30 mg were demonstrated to be safe and well tolerated in a clinical trial of healthy geriatric subjects and elderly patients with dementia. The Company believes that these characteristics, when coupled with the drug's favorable safety and tolerability profile and the pro-social profile of ITI-007's clinical effects, result in a differentiated profile across multiple indications.

"We are undertaking a robust clinical development program for ITI-007. The key aspects of our ITI-007 program have been designed based on our understanding of the unique pharmacology of ITI-007, the strong existing clinical evidence and the supporting preclinical data. As a result, ITI-007 is being developed as a differentiated treatment in several CNS indications in which important medical needs exist," said Dr. Sharon Mates, Chairman and CEO of Intra-Cellular Therapies.

About Intra-Cellular Therapies

Intra-Cellular Therapies is developing novel drugs for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and diseases of the elderly, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Company is developing its lead drug candidate, ITI-007, for the treatment of schizophrenia, behavioral disturbances in dementia, bipolar disorder, depression and other neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. ITI-007, a first-in-class molecule, is in Phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Company is also utilizing its phosphodiesterase platform and other proprietary chemistry platforms to develop drugs for the treatment of CNS and other disorders.

Forward-Looking Statements

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CONTACT: Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. Juan Sanchez, M.D. Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations 212-923-3344 Burns McClellan, Inc. Lisa Burns/Nancy Yu (Investors) Justin Jackson (Media) 212-213-0006

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