The table below summarizes our current pipeline of therapeutic candidates, as well as the target indication and status of each candidate.
Lead Therapeutic Candidates
BL-1020 is an orally administered antipsychotic for the treatment of schizophrenia. We believe that BL-1020 will deliver antipsychotic effectiveness equal to, or exceeding, currently available treatments. Furthermore, we believe BL-1020 may be the first antipsychotic drug that improves cognitive function in schizophrenia patients. Based on our preclinical and clinical trials, we believe that BL-1020 works mainly by blocking the dopamine receptors in the brain and activating the gamma aminobutyric acid, or GABA receptors. We believe that the dopamine antagonism in BL-1020 is responsible for reducing psychotic symptoms. The activation of GABA, or GABAergic activity, of the BL-1020 molecule may be involved in improving patient cognition. In July 2009, we successfully completed our 363-patient phase 2b EAGLE (Effective Anti-psychosis via GABA Level Enhancement) study. We in-licensed the worldwide, exclusive rights to research, develop and commercialize BL-1020 from Bar Ilan Research and Development and Ramot.
In June 2011, we commenced the CLARITY clinical trial with respect to BL-1020. The CLARITY trial is designed to be a randomized, double-blind trial to examine both acute (6 weeks) and long-term (24 weeks) cognitive and antipsychotic efficacy, safety and tolerability of BL-1020 on patients with acute schizophrenia. In May 2011, we received approval to commence the CLARITY trial at 14 trial sites in Romania. The initiation of the trial in Romania took place in May 2011 and the first patient was treated in June 2011. In November 2011 we received approval from the Indian regulatory authorities and the Indian local ethics committees to commence the trial at 18 additional clinical sites in India. We started recruitment in November 2011 and the first patient was treated in December 2011.