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Sanofi and Michael J. Fox Foundation Collaborate on Potential New Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

19 Apr 12

Sanofi announced today that it has entered into a collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to conduct a clinical trial to assess the safety and tolerability of AVE 8112, a Sanofi PDE4 inhibitor – phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor - in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

“AVE8112 has shown promising pro-cognitive activity in preclinical models that could be of interest to the under-addressed cognitive aspects of Parkinson’s disease, an area of unmet need where a new treatment could make a tangible difference in patients’ lives,” said Todd Sherer, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of MJFF. “Groundbreaking collaborations with like-minded partners such as
Sanofi are a hallmark of the Fox Foundation’s approach and help us speed scientific advances with
potential to improve the treatment of Parkinson’s for patients today and in the future.”

Under the terms of the collaboration, MJFF will sponsor a phase I b clinical trial to assess the safety and tolerability of AVE8112 in patients with Parkinson’s disease. All data and results generated by the clinical trial will be owned by MJFF and shared with Sanofi. Further development plans will be based upon the results of the study.