Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR) today announced the launch of its Alexa skill, MS Awareness Facts, as part of the company’s activities in recognition of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month. The skill allows users to ask Amazon Alexa for an MS Awareness Fact to learn more about multiple sclerosis and find helpful information on MS and its symptoms.
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Amazon Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. Using voice commands, users interact with Alexa, asking her for what they want, in this case, “Alexa, start MS Awareness.” Alexa will randomly select from one of almost 50 tips and facts about MS, and read it aloud to the user.
“We’re proud to be at the forefront of using this new technology to connect with patients,” said Michael Russo, Executive Director, Corporate Digital Strategy & Innovation. “Education is an important component of each person’s fight against multiple sclerosis. As we move towards becoming an increasingly digital society, it’s important that we provide solutions that match the way people live and work, and in this case that means voice search.”
The MS Awareness Facts skill leverages content from the company’s award-winning MS self™ app. In addition to the skill, Acorda has also created a team on Charity Miles, a free app for Android or iPhone. Charity Miles allows users to raise money for charity by walking, running, or biking. Users can download the app and join Acorda’s team by searching for #MSAwareness; Acorda team members may elect an MS charity as the recipient of funds raised.
About MS Awareness Month
Throughout the month of March, advocacy organizations such as the National MS Society, the MS Association of America, the MS Foundation campaign to expand knowledge, understanding and support of multiple sclerosis.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, usually progressive disease in which the immune system attacks and degrades the function of nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord by destroying myelin (a process known as demyelination) and eventually the nerve fibers themselves. Myelin is a fatty layer of membranes that insulates nerves, facilitating the transmission of electrical impulses through nerve pathways that control all neurological functions. In people with MS, disruption in neurological function often leads to impairments in movement, bowel/bladder function, vision and sexual function. More than 400,000 people in the U.S. and nearly 2.5 million people worldwide are living with MS.
About Acorda Therapeutics
Founded in 1995, Acorda Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing therapies that restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders.
Acorda has an industry leading pipeline of novel neurological therapies addressing a range of disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, migraine and multiple sclerosis. Acorda markets three FDA-approved therapies, including AMPYRA® (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, 10 mg.Acorda, Acorda Therapeutics, Ampyra and MS Self are registered trademarks of Acorda Therapeutics Inc.
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