NEW YORK, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AXSM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced presentations on AXS-05, its novel glutamatergic and monoaminergic product candidate, at the 20th annual meeting of the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics (ASENT), held in Rockville, MD, March 7-10, 2018.

Axsome delivered three presentations, two oral and one poster, during the conference. These presentations reviewed the mechanistic rationale, pharmacokinetic data, and functional clinical data which form the scientific basis for the ongoing Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression, and for the ongoing Phase 2/3 trial of AXS-05 in agitation associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Below are the details of these presentations, which were given by Cedric O'Gorman, M.D., Senior Vice President, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs of Axsome:

Oral Presentations: Title: The Clinical Development and Therapeutic Potential of AXS-05 for Neuropsychiatric Disorders Session: Pipeline Presentations

Title: The Clinical Development and Therapeutic Potential of AXS-05 for the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease Session: Emerging Therapies: Alzheimer's Disease

Poster Presentation: Title: The Clinical Development and Therapeutic Potential of AXS-05 for Neuropsychiatric Disorders Poster Number: 13

The mechanisms of action of AXS-05 include NMDA receptor antagonism and sigma-1 receptor agonism. These glutamatergic pathways have been implicated in the pathology of the neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Effects of AXS-05 on monamine reuptake combined with its glutamatergic mechanisms may contribute to antidepressant effects. Pharmacokinetic data with AXS-05 and clinical observations with dextromethorphan indicate that AXS-05 increases dextromethorphan concentrations into a potentially therapeutic range.

A copy of the poster will be available shortly after the meeting on Axsome's website at

About Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders for which there are limited treatment options. Axsome's product candidate portfolio includes five clinical-stage candidates, AXS-02, AXS-05, AXS-06, AXS-07, and AXS-09. AXS-05 is currently in a Phase 3 trial in treatment resistant depression (TRD) and a Phase 2/3 trial in agitation associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). AXS-05 is also being developed for smoking cessation. AXS-02 is currently in a Phase 3 trial in knee osteoarthritis (OA) associated with bone marrow lesions (BMLs) with an additional Phase 3 trial planned in chronic low back pain (CLBP) associated with Modic changes (MCs). AXS-07 is being developed for the acute treatment of migraine. AXS-06 is being developed for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and for the reduction of the risk of NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. AXS-02, AXS-05, AXS-06, AXS-07, and AXS-09 are investigational drug products not approved by the FDA. For more information, please visit the company website at The company may occasionally disseminate material, nonpublic information on the company website.

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