Dizlin Pharmaceuticals AB (Dizlin) is a medical research company active in the development of medical drugs for treatment of diseases of the central nervous system.
Dizlin is currently concentrating its resarch resources on the development of medical drugs for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Research and development are based at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden. The Sahlgrenska Academy was also the base for Professor Emeritus Arvid Carlsson’s research, where he discovered that dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain and not just a precursor of noradrenaline.
Arvid Carlsson was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in the year of 2000 for his pioneering research, which also paved the way for using the dopamine precursor levodopa in the treatment of PD. Ever since then, levodopa has been the primary medical substance used in the treatment of PD. Arvid Carlsson was concerned about the fact that oral intake of levodopa eventually leads to, so called, on-off symptoms, characterized by rapid shifts between hypokinesia (decreased motility) and involuntary dyskinesias (hyper mobility) – called ”On-Off” – and he was therefore enthusiastic about Dizlin’s research, which offers a way to substantially reduce severe On-Off symptoms. Arvid Carlsson was a member of Dizlin’s Board of Directors until he passed away in the spring of 2018.