Akhu taps the crowd on June 20 at 6 PM CT to develop medicine expected to be faster, more effective, and safer than anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs. The Indiegogo Campaign to raise $100,000 will help prepare a prototype medicine for use in humans.

College Station, Texas (PRWEB) June 20, 2016

Akhu taps the crowd on June 20 at 6 PM CT to develop medicine expected to be faster, more effective, and safer than anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs. The Indiegogo campaign to raise $100,000 will help prepare a prototype medicine for use in humans.

Current Treatments
Anxiety and depression are leading causes of death and disability worldwide.

Anxiolytic drugs are used to treat anxiety, but they are:

  • Addictive
  • Potentially harmful to the brain

Antidepressant drugs are used to treat both disorders, but many people do not respond to them. If they do respond, the benefits are typically:

  • Very slow onset
  • Modest effectiveness
  • Harsh side effects

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Treatment in Development
Akhu has an exclusive, worldwide license to develop blockers of the melanocortin-5 receptor (MC5R) to treat anxiety and depression. MC5R blockers outperform anxiolytics and antidepressants. For example, in animal models of anxiety or depression MC5R blockers are:

  • Highly effective
  • Rapid-acting
  • Without obvious side effects

Achieving the campaign goal will help Akhu relocate to a major biotech community and continue FDA-required work to prepare its prototype medicine for testing in humans.

How to Participate
Participate in any of four ways: (1) Make a donation of $10 or more; (2) Share links to the campaign page and campaign video through email and social media; (3) Leave comments or questions on the campaign page or Akhu’s website; and (4) Follow us on social media.

Rewards for Donations: There are six levels of rewards, including social media shout-outs and Akhu T-shirts. Top-level donors will receive acknowledgement in a research publication and a 10% contribution in their names to the Web of Benefit, which helps survivors of domestic violence transition to self-sufficiency.

Safe Harbor Statement
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