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Athira Pharma to Present Data Supporting Therapeutic Potential of Enhancing HGF/MET Neurotrophic System at Upcoming Scientific Conferences

BOTHELL, Wash., March 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athira Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHA), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules to restore neuronal health and slow neurodegeneration, today announced that it will participate in two upcoming scientific conferences: American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics (ASENT) 2023 Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually from Mar. 13-15, 2023, and AD/PD™ 2023 International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases (AD/PD), which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden and virtually from Mar. 28-Apr. 1, 2023.

“Our upcoming presentations offer the opportunity to further highlight our diverse and robust preclinical data supporting the therapeutic potential of enhancing the HGF/MET pathway in a variety of neurodegenerative disease models,” said Kevin Church, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Athira.

ASENT 2023 Presentation Details:

Title: ATH-1105, a Small Molecule Positive Modulator of Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)/MET, is Neuroprotective in a TDP-43 Mouse Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Format: Oral and Poster
Session: Pipeline Presentations, Presentation 6, Poster 5
Presenter: Andrée-Anne Berthiaume, Ph.D., Senior Scientist II, Athira Pharma
Time/Date: Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2023; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Title: ATH-1020, a Small Molecule Positive Modulator of Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)/MET, has Robust and Persistent Therapeutic Effects in a Rat Model of Diabetic Neuropathic Pain
Format: Poster #21
Presenter: Sharay Setti, Ph.D., Senior Scientist I, Athira Pharma

Title: Fosgonimeton, a Novel, Small Molecule Positive Modulator of the HGF/MET System is Neuroprotective in Primary Neuron Culture
Format: Poster #22
Presenter: Wei Wu, Ph.D., Senior Scientist II, Athira Pharma

Posters #21 and 22 will be on display virtually for the duration of the conference.

AD/PD 2023 Presentation Details:

Posters will be displayed in the Exhibition Area and virtually for the duration of the conference.

Title: Fosgonimeton Promotes Survival and Reduces Protein Pathology in Primary Neuron Models of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
Format: Poster (P1044 / #2153)
Session: G02. Therapeutic Targets, Mechanisms for Treatment
Presenter: Kevin Church, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Athira Pharma

Title: Neuroprotective Effects of Fosgonimeton on Dopaminergic Neurons are Mediated by Signaling Effectors Downstream of HGF/MET
Format: Poster P0846 / #2243
Session: C02.N. Therapeutic Targets, Mechanisms for Treatment: Other
Presenter: Sherif Reda, Ph.D., Senior Scientist II, Athira Pharma

Title: Fosgonimeton is Neuroprotective and Rescues Cognitive Performance in Models of Neuroinflammation
Format: Poster P0266 / #2284
Session: A02.I. Therapeutic Targets, Mechanisms for Treatment: Neurotrophic, Synaptic Plasticity, Repair, Regenerative Medicine
Presenter: Jewel Johnston, Ph.D., Director, In Vivo Pharmacology, Athira Pharma

All presentations will be available on the Scientific Publications & Presentations page of the company’s website at

About Athira Pharma, Inc.
Athira Pharma, Inc., headquartered in the Seattle, Washington area, is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules to restore neuronal health and slow neurodegeneration. Athira aims to provide rapid cognitive improvement and alter the course of neurological diseases with its novel mechanism of action. Athira is currently advancing its pipeline of therapeutic candidates targeting the HGF/MET neurotrophic system for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). For more information, visit You can also follow Athira on FacebookLinkedIn and @athirapharma on Instagram.

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