We believe, based on our current operating plan, that our cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund our operations for at least calendar year 2012.
Dr. Carl Spana
Thank you, Steve. Now for an update on our plans. Before I give the update, I would just like to draw your attention that earlier in November the company held an Analyst Day in New York City in which we had two invited guest speakers who are experts in the field of female sexual dysfunction. The presentations from that Analyst Day is on the website. For those who would like a little more information, a more detail on FSD and our programs in that area, please go to the website. You might find that those presentations are quite informative.
So to start out the programs, I'll cover obesity and diabetes at melancortin-4 receptor program, which is partnered with AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca continues to progress AZD2820 through a Phase I clinical study. We expect initial data by the end of this calendar year.The commercial drug candidate AZD2820 is a melancortin receptor for partial agonist, developed by Palatin as part of its collaborative research program with AstraZeneca. The decision to move this program into clinical development was, in part, based on exciting clinical data generated by Palatin as part of our collaboration with AstraZeneca. Results improved principal clinical trials in obese patients with non-commercial compounds that target the melancortin receptor show significant reduction in food intake and weight loss.We believe that this clinical data, along with earlier work with animal models of obesity, demonstrates the significant role that melancortin pathway plays in regulating food intake and weight in validates melanocortin-4 receptor, as a major target for obesity therapeutics. We believe that therapies that target the melanocortin-4 receptor have potential to demonstrate the safety of ethics we require for approval and dramatically impact the treatment of obesity.
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