Akhu Therapeutics has licensed innovative technology for developing medicine to relieve depression in a fraction of the time required by current therapies.
Online PR News – 21-April-2016 – College Station, Texas – Akhu Therapeutics (Akhu) has entered an agreement with the University of Arizona (UA) and Texas A&M University (TAMU). The agreement, facilitated by Tech Launch Arizona, licenses a series of peptide blockers of the melanocortin-5 receptor (MC5R) to Akhu. These state-of-the-art MC5R blockers resulted from the collaborative invention of Caurnel Morgan, PhD while at TAMU, and Minying Cai, PhD and Victor Hruby, PhD at UA.
The exclusive, worldwide license enables Akhu to develop these peptides to treat Depression and Anxiety. These mental disorders cause major health problems worldwide, and although antidepressants are widely used for both disorders, many users do not respond to them. When relief occurs, it is typically modest, slow to onset, and accompanied by serious side effects. Although anxiolytics provide fast relief from the symptoms of anxiety, they are addictive if taken long-term.
Unfortunately, many depression and anxiety patients require long-term treatment. MC5R blockade differs fundamentally from the actions of antidepressants and anxiolytics. In animal models of depression and anxiety that predict therapeutic efficacy in humans, MC5R blockers are more effective, more potent, and faster acting than antidepressants without side effects thus far.
About Akhu Therapeutics, Inc.
Akhu is a biopharmaceutical startup that is developing medicine to extinguish depression and anxiety, which increase mortality and disability for 350 million people worldwide, particularly women. The therapeutic potential of MC5R blockade in animal models of depression and anxiety was first presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in October 2015 by Dr. Morgan. For updates, visit our website to read the Akhu Blog and information about Akhu Products.
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