Acorda Therapeutics Inc was incorporated on March 17, 1995 as a Delaware corporation. It is a biopharmaceutical company, engaged in the identification, development and commercialization of novel therapies that improve neurological function in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury and other disorders of the central nervous system. The first product for which it completed clinical development, Ampyra (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, 10mg was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, in January 2010 as a treatment to improve walking in patients with MS. Ampyra is marketed as Fampyra outside the U.S. by Biogen Idec International GmbH, or Biogen Idec. The Company also sells Zanaflex Capsules and Zanaflex tablets, which contain tizanidine hydrochloride, a short-acting drug approved by the FDA for the management of spasticity. The Company is developing a pipeline of novel neurological therapies. It is studying dalfampridine to improve a range of functional impairments, in addition to walking disability, caused by MS, as well as its use in other neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy and chronic stroke. In addition, it is developing its clinical stage compound AC105 for acute treatment of spinal cord injury and GGF2 for treatment of heart failure. GGF2 is also being investigated in preclinical studies as a treatment for neurological conditions such as stroke and SCI. Additional preclinical programs include rHIgM22, a remyelinating monoclonal antibody for the treatment of MS, and chondroitinase, an enzyme that encourages nerve plasticity in SCI. It also has trademark registrations for "Fampyra" and "Kampyra" and pending trademark applications therefor, in numerous foreign jurisdictions. It also owns the rights to the registered marks "Zanaflex" and "Zanaflex Capsules" and "Qutenza" in the U.S. In addition, its trademark portfolio includes several trademark registrations and pending trademark applications for potential product names and for disease awareness activities. The Company is subject to periodic unannounced inspections by the FDA and other regulatory bodies related to the other regulatory requirements that apply to marketed drugs manufactured or distributed by the Company.
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