Galantos Pharma GMBH
This article was originally published in Start Up
Galantos Pharma GMBH is developing a next-generation version of galantamine, an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that's been on the market as a cognition enhancer since 2000 and went generic in 2008. Galantos' Memogain is a nasal-formulation galantamine prodrug that it says will permeate the blood-brain barrier more efficiently.
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