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Nippon Chemiphar and SOM Biotech to Cooperate on New, Orphan Disease Indications for bevantolol (Calvan®)

SOM Biotech has determined and validated an entirely new usage for Nippon Chemiphar’s marketed hypertension therapy bevantolol (Calvan®). SOM, after using a proprietary ligand analysis computational algorithm and completing the preclinical assays, determined that bevantolol (coded SOM3355 by SOM) is a highly effective Vesicular Monoamine Transporter Type 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor, a class of compounds that has demonstrated to have success in treating Central Nervous System movement disorders such as Huntington’s Chorea, Tardive Dyskinesia, and Tourette’s syndrome.

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