CTD Holdings Finalizes Cooperative Agreement for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program
ALACHUA, FL–(Marketwired – April 19, 2018) – CTD Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: CTDH), a clinical stage biotechnology company that develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of disease with unmet medical need, announced today that the company has finalized a cooperative research agreement with Kerwin Research Center, LLC to explore the use of cyclodextrins in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The principal investigator on the project is Diana Kerwin, MD, President of Kerwin Research Center and a recognized expert in Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders who was previously part of the Northwestern University, National Institute on Aging-funded, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where she oversaw clinical trials and clinical research.
“Since 2009, CTD has provided our proprietary hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin, Trappsol® Cyclo™, on a compassionate basis to patients suffering from Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC), a disease that causes cholesterol accumulation in every cell in the body, and today we support two clinical trials using Trappsol® Cyclo™ for that same indication,” said N. Scott Fine, Company Chairman and CEO. “With this cooperative research program, we are proud to continue to innovate by exploring the use of Trappsol® Cyclo™ in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Cholesterol has been linked to the formation of amyloid beta plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrins have been shown to clear cholesterol from cells in animal models, to stabilize cholesterol metabolism, and to reduce the formation of amyloid beta plaques. Early safety data from CTD’s two clinical trials using Trappsol® Cyclo™ intravenously for NPC (NCT02939547 and NCT02912793) showed a favorable benefit:safety profile in NPC patients, per the Company’s recent announcement.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with CTD on this potential new therapeutic approach in Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of cyclodextrin in Niemann-Pick Disease Type C and pre-clinical studies suggest a potential effect in Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Kerwin. “Alzheimer’s disease affects millions and currently has no cure or disease modifying therapy. We are dedicated to furthering the understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and contributing to the development of new treatment areas.”
About CTD Holdings:
CTD Holdings, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of disease. The company’s Trappsol® Cyclo™, an orphan drug designated product in the United States and Europe, is used to treat Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare and fatal genetic disease, on a compassionate use basis as well as in formal clinical trials (two clinical trials for this indication are currently open Clinical Trials.gov NCT02939547 and NCT02912793). Additional indications for the active ingredient in Trappsol® Cyclo™, are in development. For additional information, visit the company’s website: www.ctd-holdings.com
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