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The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has provided a 4-year grant for a phase 2 study of T3D-959 (T3D Therapeutics, Research Triangle Park, NC), a novel, metabolic-focused treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The PIONEER study, which will begin patient dosing in early 2020, is a double-blind placebo-controlled efficacy and safety study that will enroll up to 252 adults with mild-to-moderate AD. Participants in the study will receive 1 of 3 different oral doses of T3D-959 or placebo for 24 weeks. In a phase 2a study (NCT02560753), 34 participants with...
Impel Neuropharma (Seattle, WA) is developing new therapeutic formulations for delivery of therapeutic compounds to the upper nasal cavity with their precision olfactory delivery (POD) device. The POD uses a propellant to deliver drugs to the upper nasal cavity, a new route of administration, which can provide higher bioavailability and rapid uptake vs traditional nasal sprays The POD device is easy to use, requiring only that the nasal tip of the device is inserted into the nostril and squeezed once to activate dose delivery. Coordination of breathing with activation is not required, and...
Treatment with inebilizumab (VielaBio, Gaithersburg, MD) reduced relapses of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) by 77% after 28 weeks of treatment. Response to treatment with inebilizumab for NMOSD was safe and effective such that the trial was terminated early as it was deemed unethical not to treat participants in the placebo arm of a phase 3 trial (NCT02200770). After this judgement was made, all participants in the placebo arm began receiving inebilizumab on an open-label extension basis. Treatment with inebilizumab also reduced worsening from baseline score on...
Charisse Litchman, MD, FAHS; and Sirisha Sanamandra, MBBS
Niushen Zhang, MD
Brian E. McGeeney, MD, MPH, MBA