GLEN ROCK, NJ--(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2017) - RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQB: RSPI) ("RespireRx" or the "Company"), a leader in the development of medicines for the treatment of respiratory disorders for which there are no approved pharmaceuticals, particularly sleep apneas and respiratory depression resulting from pain management medicines and disabilities such as spinal cord injury, announces that the Company's President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, James S. Manuso, Ph.D., will present at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference 2017 on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The Conference is sponsored by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Presentations will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York from February 13-14, 2017.

Dr. Manuso will discuss results from the successfully completed PACE Phase 2B trial, conducted by Dr. David Carley and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, in which dronabinol (oral) was tested for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea ("OSA"). In addition, Dr. Manuso will discuss results from a successfully completed Phase 2A trial in which acutely administered CX-1739 (oral) reduced opioid induced respiratory depression in a clinical model of chronic opioid consumption. He will also provide background information and descriptions of other product pipeline candidates.

Dr. Manuso's presentation will be available by live webcast streaming online. To access the live audio webcast, log onto the RespireRx website at, click on the investors tab and follow the links this press release and click the link

The webcast replay will be available one hour after conclusion of the live event and the replay will expire on May 15, 2017.

A copy of the slide presentation to be presented at the conference will be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission in a Current Report on Form 8-K prior to the presentation and will also be available in the investors section of the RespireRx website.

About RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc.

RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a leader in the development of medicines for respiratory disorders, with a focus on sleep apneas and drug-induced respiratory depression. The Company owns patents and patent applications, and holds exclusive licenses, for certain families of chemical compounds that claim the chemical structures and their use in the treatment of these and other disorders. Pending additional funding, during 2017, the Company plans to: 1) meet with the FDA to discuss its Phase 3 clinical trial program to test the safety and efficacy of dronabinol (oral) for the treatment of OSA; 2) file an IND and initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial investigating the ability of CX717 to improve breathing in patients with spinal cord injury; and 3) file an IND and initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial investigating the ability of CX1739 to reduce central sleep apnea in patients taking chronic opioids. 

RespireRx's pharmaceutical candidates in development are derived from two platforms, as described below. 

The first platform is the class of compounds known as cannabinoids, including dronabinol. Under a license agreement with the University of Illinois, the Company has rights to patents claiming the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders. As reported in a press release and on Form 8-K on December 23, 2016, Dr. David Carley and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University successfully completed the PACE (Pharmacotherapy of Apnea by Cannabimimetic Enhancement) trial, a potentially pivotal, six week, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2B study of dronabinol for the treatment of OSA. Dronabinol significantly improved the primary outcome measures of Apnea Hypopnea Index ("AHI"), daytime sleepiness as measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale ("ESS") and overall patient satisfaction as measured by the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medications ("TSQM"). This study was fully funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The Company did not manage or fund this clinical trial.

In an earlier placebo-controlled, dose-ascending Phase 2A clinical study conducted by the Company, dronabinol produced a statistically significant reduction in the AHI, the primary therapeutic end-point, and was observed to be safe and well-tolerated in a group of patients with OSA. 

The second platform of medicines being developed by RespireRx is a class of proprietary compounds known as ampakines that act to enhance the actions of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate at AMPA glutamate receptor sites in the brain. Several ampakines in both oral and injectable form are being developed by the Company for the treatment of a variety of breathing disorders. In a recently completed Phase 2A clinical trial, acute administration of CX-1739 (oral) reduced the respiratory depression produced by remifentanil, a potent opioid, in a clinical model of chronic opioid consumption, without altering its analgesic effects. Furthermore, ampakines have been demonstrated to improve breathing in animal models of disorders such as spinal cord injury, Pompé Disease, and perinatal respiratory distress. The Company's compounds belong to a new class of ampakines that do not display the undesirable side effects previously reported for earlier generations of ampakines.

Additional information about the Company and the matters discussed herein can be obtained on the Company's web-site at or in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on EDGAR at

Comments by the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. James S. Manuso, commented, "We look forward to advancing the many initiatives RespireRx is undertaking throughout the course of 2017. Now that the Company is Phase 3-ready with respect to the final clinical and regulatory development of dronabinol for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, commercialization and potential partnering plans may be initiated. With dronabinol's Phase 3 trial on the horizon, along with two Phase 2 or Phase 2-ready ampakine medicines in development, there are numerous strategic and operational milestones on the calendar. In 2017 we will continue to focus on the clinical and regulatory development of the Company's two proprietary platforms for addressing unmet needs in the sleep apnea and opioid-induced respiratory depression markets. In addition, we will continue to support the scientific research and pre-clinical development upon which our company is based. I look forward to reporting to you our progress in the months ahead." 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements included or incorporated by reference in this news release, including information as to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its drug development programs, constitute forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "contemplate," "target," "plan," "intend," "continue," "budget," "estimate," "may," "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding future plans, targets, estimates and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Due to these various risks and uncertainties, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.

Contact Information:

Company Contact:

Jeff Margolis
Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary
Telephone: (917) 834-7206