Lausanne, Switzerland, November 1, 2018 - AC Immune SA (NASDAQ: ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that it will host a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) luncheon meeting on emerging concepts in the development of therapies for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. The meeting is scheduled for November 5, 2018, from 12.00pm to 2:00pm ET at the Nasdaq MarketSite, 4 Times Square, New York.
At 9:30am ET that morning AC Immune's CEO Professor Andrea Pfeifer will ring the Opening Bell signaling the start of trading on Nasdaq.
The luncheon meeting will feature presentations by two KOLs who have played important roles in neurodegenerative disease research: Professor Michael W. Weiner, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and Professor John Q. Trojanowski, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Weiner, a leading expert in brain imaging and biomarkers, will discuss recent developments in our understanding of the ▀-amyloid cascade and will highlight the important role of biomarkers for early diagnostic and treatment of AD. He will also discuss the additional role of tau in disease spreading and progression. The talk of Professor Trojanowski will highlight additional protein targets such as alpha-synuclein and TDP-43 in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases, including AD, Parkinson's Disease and neuro-orphan diseases such as Down Syndrome, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Frontotemporal Dementia.
Professor Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune, will conclude the session with a corporate overview of the Company's early and late stage programs, highlighting the value of AC Immune's technologies that target such misfolded proteins, as well as the role of diagnostics in the quest for effective therapies for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and neuro-orphan diseases.
A Q&A session with the featured KOLs and the management will follow the presentations.
A live webcast will be available on the Investor Page of AC Immune's website and will be available on the Company's website for 90 days following the event.
Michael W. Weiner M.D.
Professor, Department of Radiology
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Dr. Weiner is Professor in Residence in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Principle Investigator of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, which is the largest observational study in the world concerning Alzheimer's Disease. He is the former Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIND) at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During the past 25 years he has worked to develop and optimized the use of MRI, PET, and blood based biomarker methods to diagnose Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Weiner's research also focuses on monitoring effects of treatment to slow progressions in Alzheimer's disease, and detecting Alzheimer's disease early in patients who are not demented, but risk subsequent development of dementia.
John Q. Trojanowski M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director Center for Neurodegenerative Research
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Trojanowski obtained his MD/PhD in 1976 from Tufts University, did his internal medicine internship at Mt. Auburn Hospital, his pathology and neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where he joined the faculty in 1981. He is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of the NIA Alzheimer's Disease Center, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS) Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Center, and the Institute on Aging. His research focuses on Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's (PD) disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) which led to the discovery of the major disease proteins in these disorders.
About AC Immune
AC Immune is a clinical-stage Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company, listed on NASDAQ, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company designs, discovers and develops therapeutic as well as diagnostic products intended to prevent and modify diseases caused by misfolding proteins. AC Immune's two proprietary technology platforms create antibodies, small molecules and vaccines designed to address a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative indications, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates - with five product candidates currently in clinical trials. The most advanced of these is crenezumab, a humanized anti-amyloid-▀ monoclonal IgG4 antibody that targets monomeric and aggregated forms of amyloid-▀, with highest affinity for neurotoxic oligomers. Crenezumab is currently in two Phase 3 clinical studies for AD, under a global program conducted by the collaboration partner Roche/Genentech. Other collaborations include Biogen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, NestlÚ Institute of Health Sciences, Piramal Imaging and Essex Bio-Technology.
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