Karyn Frick, Ph.D Featured on “Beyond the Paper Gown” Podcast

MILWAUKEE (Dec. 8, 2022) – Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc., a Wisconsin-based, privately held pharmaceutical company leading the way in estrogen biology, was recently featured on the podcast Beyond the Paper Gown™ hosted by Mitzi Krockover, MD.

Karyn Frick, Ph.D, chief scientific officer of Estrigenix spoke with Dr. Krockover regarding Estrigenix’s first-in-class therapeutics to treat and prevent hot flashes and dementia in menopausal women with fewer side effects than current hormone therapy (HT).

“The severity and frequency of hot flashes are correlated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, which may explain why 2/3 of Alzheimer’s patients are women,” explained Frick.  “Having a treatment that address hot flashes and memory dysfunction, but avoids the potential risks associated with traditional hormone therapy, such as cancer and stroke, would provide significant benefits for women as they age.”

The dramatic decline in the production of estrogen during menopause can result in hot flashes, sleep disruption, memory dysfunction, anxiety, and depression in many women. Although traditional HRT addresses these symptoms, HT has associated risks for breast cancer and blood clots leading to stroke. For this reason, many OB/GYNs will not prescribe HT for the approximately 20 percent of menopausal women with a history of breast or uterine cancer or stroke.

Recent clinical and preclinical findings demonstrated the negative side effects of HTs may be due to activation of the alpha, but not beta, estrogen receptor isoform. Therefore, estrogen-based HT that selectively targets ER beta may avoid the health risks associated with ER alpha activation.

Estrigenix has developed novel highly selective ER beta agonists that, in pre-clinical testing,

demonstrated that long-term ER beta activation can reduce hot flash-like symptoms and enhance spatial and object recognition memories in ovariectomized mice. These highly selective ER beta agonists have the potential to serve as a safe alternative to HT for the over sixty million menopausal women in the U.S. alone, 80 percent of whom experience symptoms including hot flashes and memory dysfunction. 

To learn more about Estrigenix and how its technology may help improve women’s quality of life, visit estrigenix.com.


About Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc.

Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc. is a Wisconsin-based, privately held pharmaceutical company leading the way in research and progress in estrogen biology. Estrigenix was formed in 2018 to develop and commercialize first-in-class therapeutics to treat and prevent symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and dementia, with fewer side effects than current hormone therapies.

For more information and to learn how Estrigenix is pioneering the way in symptom prevention for menopausal women, visit estrigenix.com.

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