Strategic Collaborators

U.S. National Institutes of Health

The largest source of funding for medical research in the world, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is made up of 27 institutes and centers. For more than a century, NIH scientists have paved the way for important discoveries that improve health and save lives. The medical research agency has created hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. Through February 2015, we have been awarded more than $8.8 million from NIH for preclinical and Phase 1 development of AV-101. In February 2015, we entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the NIH. Under the CRADA, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the NIH, is conducting and fully-funding a Phase 2 efficacy and safety study of AV-101 in major depressive disorder.

U.S. National Institute of Mental Health

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to mental health research. NIMH is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the NIH, the world's leading biomedical research organization. The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. For more information, visit

Cato Research, Ltd.

Cato Research, Ltd. is a global contract research organization (CRO) that offers a wide range of integrated services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. They specialize in complex development programs requiring innovative regulatory and clinical strategies and have experience implementing and conducting successful clinical trials and development programs. Cato Research provides us with regulatory and drug development expertise for our AV-101 development programs and also acts as a source of potential drug rescue candidates and strategic collaborations.

Massachusetts General Hospital - Clinical Trials Network and Institute

The Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Trials Network and Institute (MGH CTNI) is one of the leading academic research programs in the world with more than 25 years of experience in industry-sponsored multi-center clinical trials. Its innovative research methods are unmatched in helping sponsors meet their research goals. By exploring the brain science, genetics, and neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, the MGH CTNI has been instrumental in the development of novel treatments and surrogate markers of illness and therapeutic response. Its pioneering scientific and clinical research has been instrumental in defining the standards for the state-of-the-art practice of psychiatry. MGH CTNI works collaboratively with sponsors and researchers who are recognized as world leaders in many areas of psychiatric research, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, women's mental health, schizophrenia, geriatrics/Alzheimer's disease, pharmacogenetics, neuroimaging, and pediatric psychopharmacology. MGH CTNI psychiatrists are currently serving as principal investigators or site investigators on over 50 industry sponsored clinical trials across the spectrum. MGH CTNI is assisting us with patient screening and recruitment of ELEVATE, our Phase 2 clinical study of AV-101 for the adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder.