GAINESVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cyclo Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYTH) (“Cyclo Therapeutics” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to developing life-changing medicines through science and innovation for patients and families living with diseases, today announced it has submitted its initial investigational new drug (“IND”) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for a Phase 2 study of Trappsol® Cyclo™ for the treatment of early Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
“We are excited to have submitted our Initial IND to evaluate Trappsol® Cyclo™ for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. The feedback and recommendations received from our Type B Meeting with the FDA have provided valuable input that we believe positions us for success in advancing this asset. We have taken another step towards commencing our Phase 2 study and, importantly, bringing a much-needed treatment option to patients and families,” commented Michael Lisjak, Chief Regulatory Officer, Senior Vice President for Business Development of Cyclo Therapeutics.
Trappsol® Cyclo™ is a proprietary formulation of hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin and in multiple clinical studies has shown encouraging results to effectively manage the transportation of cholesterol. Many of the known risk factors for AD are associated with cholesterol metabolism. Cholesterol imbalance in AD patients is well known, and significant research exists suggesting these imbalances are responsible for Aβ and tau accumulation. Furthermore, neurons, because of their high metabolic demands, experience an increased level of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has also been linked to abnormal cholesterol accumulation and processing. AD shares features with NPC-1, a neurovisceral, genetic disease in which cholesterol accumulates in lysosomes, including progressive decline in cognitive ability, amyloid beta plaques in the CNS, and increased levels of tau in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Cyclo Therapeutics is currently testing the same investigational Trappsol® Cyclo™ drug in clinical trials for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C1 (NPC-1). Taking the place of the defective NPC-1 protein, Trappsol® Cyclo™, with its cyclic structure, facilitates the transport of accumulated cholesterol out of cellular lysosomes so it can be further processed and excreted out of cells.
“There remain significant unmet needs within the Alzheimer’s Disease community, which we believe Trappsol® Cyclo™ is well-positioned to address. We are committed to advancing this important program as quickly and efficiently as possible following feedback from FDA in the coming weeks,” added N. Scott Fine, Chief Executive Officer of Cyclo Therapeutics.
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes the brain to shrink (atrophy) and brain cells to die. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5.5 million Americans, most of them age 65 or older, may have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s. Most people with Alzheimer’s have the late-onset form of the disease, in which symptoms become apparent in their mid-60s. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease occurs between a person’s 30s and mid-60s and represents less than 10 percent of all people with Alzheimer’s. The early signs of the disease include forgetting recent events or conversations. As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will develop severe memory and thinking skills impairment, then lose ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. Medications may temporarily improve or slow progression of symptoms, however there is currently no treatment that cures Alzheimer’s disease or alters the disease process in the brain.
About Cyclo Therapeutics
Cyclo Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to developing life-changing medicines through science and innovation for patients and families suffering from disease. The Company’s Trappsol® Cyclo™, an orphan drug designated product in the United States and Europe, is the subject of four formal clinical trials for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare and fatal genetic disease, (www.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02939547, NCT02912793, NCT03893071 and NCT04860960). The Company is planning an early phase clinical trial using Trappsol® Cyclo™ intravenously in Alzheimer’s Disease based on encouraging data from an Expanded Access program for late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease (NCT03624842). Additional indications for the active ingredient in Trappsol® Cyclo™ are in development. For additional information, visit the Company’s website: www.cyclotherapeutics.com.
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