Kareus Therapeutics SA is a private biotechnology company focused on the development of novel therapeutics for the unmet treatment of age-related and chronic diseases. Kareus' pipeline consists of pre-clinical stage assets in Alzheimer's, Metabolic Diseases, Pain & Inflammation, where the company employs two different approaches to drug discovery and development: i) KARLECT, a unique enabling chemistry platform that combines currently marketed drugs and GRAS molecules to produce new chemical entities for CNS disorders, and ii) novel small molecule drug discovery in metabolic diseases, pain & inflammation. Kareus' business strategy is to form strategic alliances with leading pharmaceutical companies, which have the complementary skills to maximize the business and therapeutic potential of its molecules. In June 2011, Kareus entered into a strategic drug development alliance with Quintiles to progress the development of two of Kareus' pre-clinical programs (Alzheimer's & Type-2 diabetes) through clinical trials.
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About Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, causes a progressive decline in memory and other aspects of cognition. It is unknown what causes Alzheimer's disease and there are currently no approved treatments shown to slow the progression of the disease. Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) estimates that there are currently over 36 million people with dementia worldwide, with 7.7 million new cases each year, or one new case every four seconds.  The number of people affected is estimated to be over 115 million by 2050 Alzheimer’s Disease International. World Alzheimer Report 2009. London : Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2009.About Investigational New Drug Application (IND) IND is an application that a drug sponsor must submit to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before beginning tests of a new drug on humans. The IND contains the plan for the study and is supposed to give a complete picture of the drug, including its structural formula, animal test results, and manufacturing information. The equivalent in Europe is called an Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD). --------------------------------------------------