Dr. Caroline Hastings, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, discusses her role in treating the first Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC) patients in the U.S. with Trappsol® Cyclo™ and how this grew to a global compassionate-use program for NPC patients, then formal clinical trials at Cyclo Therapeutics. Dr. Hastings is the Principal Investigator on Cyclo Therapeutics’ phase I clinical trial, Senior Clinical Advisor on CTD’s phase I/II clinical trial in Europe, and she co-chairs Cyclo Therapeutics’ Family and Physicians Listening Circle.
Trappsol® Cyclo™ is an experimental treatment for people with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C. It is a proprietary formulation of a ring of sugar molecules known as cyclodextrins. Cyclo Therapeutics uses hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin in its formulation of Trappsol® Cyclo™. Laboratory experiments have shown that Trappsol® Cyclo™ can remove the harmful cholesterol build up from animal cells, and it has been used by NPC patients on a compassionate basis for up to 7 years.
Dr. Benny Liu, a gastroenterologist at Highland Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California, discusses his groundbreaking research on cyclodextrins as a treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC), a rare and fatal genetic disease that impacts the brain, lung, liver, spleen, and other organs. Dr. Liu is a member of Cyclo Therapeutics’ Scientific Advisory Board and a co-Investigator on Cyclo Therapeutics’ phase I clinical trial using Trappsol® Cyclo™, CTD’s proprietary orphan drug for treatment of NPC.
N. Scott Fine, Chairman and CEO of Cyclo Therapeutics, discusses Cyclo Therapeutics’ evolution from a fine chemicals company to a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that develops cyclodextrins to treat human disease, particularly the orphan drug Trappsol® Cyclo™ for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare and fatal genetic disease that impacts the brain, lung, liver, spleen, and other organs.
GAINESVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cyclo Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: CTDH), a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C and Alzheimer’s Disease, today announced that it has completed patient enrollment in its Phase I/II trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of Trappsol® Cyclo™ administered intravenously to Niemann-Pick Disease Type C1 (NPC1) patients.
“Today’s ‘Last-Patient-In’ announcement is a major milestone for our company and the NPC community,” said Company Chairman and CEO, N. Scott Fine. “It completes another important step in our development and registration strategies for Trappsol® Cyclo™ to treat NPC, a disease which causes so much suffering for the patients and their families. We are delighted to share this news with our many supporters and all of our stakeholders.”
Niemann-Pick Disease Type C is a rare genetic disease affecting 1 in 100,000 live births globally. NPC affects every cell in the body due to a defect in the NPC1 protein which is responsible for cholesterol processing in the cell. NPC causes symptoms in the brain, liver, spleen, lung and other organs and often leads to premature death. There are no approved drug therapies for NPC in the United States and only one approved therapy in Europe.
“We are deeply grateful to the physicians in UK, Sweden and Israel who have worked diligently to enroll and treat patients in this study, and to our EU Coordinating Investigator, Dr. Reena Sharma, Salford, UK. We continue to be thankful to the participating patients and their caregivers, knowing the sacrifice of time and energy it takes to participate in the study,” said Sharon Hrynkow PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs.
Data from the current study combined with those of the companion Phase I study (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02939547) will be used to inform the design of the Phase III global pivotal trial. Cyclo Therapeutics, Inc. will meet with FDA in the first quarter of 2020 and expects to meet with EMA in the second quarter of 2020 to discuss the global pivotal development plan and timelines to initiate the Phase III pivotal trial.
About the Clinical Trial:
Complete enrollment in the study required 12 patients aged 2 and above. The study is a randomized, double-blind study using Trappsol® Cyclo™ intravenously. Study subjects receive 24 doses of the drug at either 1500 mg/kg, 2000 mg/kg, or 2500 mg/kg and are assessed for adverse events, markers for cholesterol metabolism following drug administration, and symptomatic changes using an NPC severity scoring tool, among other tests. (See Clinical Trials.gov NCT02912793 for additional details.)
The company has reported initial data from this study that suggest a favorable safety profile; a temporal link between administration of the drug and clearance of cholesterol from cells; presence of the drug in the cerebrospinal fluid following IV administration; and reduction in a neuron-specific biomarker, tau, that is associated with neuronal degeneration in NPC patients. The company has also reported encouraging data from the first 2 patients to complete this study suggesting that the drug improves neurologic symptoms of the disease. On unblinding of the data, full interpretation will be possible
Sites involved in this trial are Salford Royal Foundation Trust Hospital, UK, under the direction of Dr. Reena Sharma; Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, UK, under the direction of Dr. Julian Raiman; Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Dr. Martin Paucar-Arce; Soroka Medical Center, Israel, Dr. Orna Staretz-Chacham; and, HaEmek Medical Center, Israel, Dr. Ronen Spiegel.
About Cyclo Therapeutics:
Cyclo Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C and Alzheimer’s Disease. The company’s Trappsol® Cyclo™, an orphan drug designated product in the United States and Europe, is the subject of three ongoing formal clinical trials for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare and fatal genetic disease, (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02939547, NCT02912793 and NCT03893071). 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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