CROWN POINT, Ind., May 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Neurodon Corporation today announced that the company has initiated the essential studies necessary to enable preparation of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for NDC-0009, a novel small molecule to treat T1D. Neurodon aims to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial in the second half of 2022 or early 2023.
“We are excited to achieve this milestone with the selection of a development candidate for our diabetes program. Our molecules have demonstrated compelling efficacy in both animal models and human pancreatic islets, and we are focused on developing first-in-class therapeutics to meaningfully impact those living with T1D,” said Neurodon CEO, Russell Dahl, Ph.D. “We look forward to translating our drug’s ability to protect and restore insulin production in pancreatic islet cells to provide disease-modifying options for patients.”
Neurodon’s Vice President of Operations, Colleen Mauger, R.N., added, “Since receiving an Angel investment to fund our diabetes program in 2019, we have made rapid-fire progress to achieve this critical landmark. As our pipeline matures, we envision additional programs reaching this stage in the near future.”
About NDC-0009 and Neurodon’s Drug Candidates
Neurodon’s patented molecules target a key pathway involved in the pathology of diseases, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. ER stress is triggered by various factors arising from the disease microenvironment and is key feature of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, inflammation, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In addition to demonstrating ability to regulate glucose and preserve insulin function in animal models and pancreatic β-cells from human donors, NDC-0009 has potential for oral administration and is well-tolerated in animals after repeat dosing.
About Type 1 Diabetes
The pathophysiology that gives rise to T1D is a result of autoimmune-induced destruction of pancreatic islet cells that produce insulin. This leads to impaired blood glucose control in patients. Resulting glucotoxicity is responsible for accompanying maladies such as kidney disease, vision loss, nerve disease, heart disease, and death. Insulin currently represents the main treatment as there are limited options for T1D patients.
Neurodon is a development-stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to finding disease-modifying drugs for diabetes, neurodegeneration, and other life-threatening diseases. Neurodon deploys its proprietary ER stress-based technology platform to discover compounds that can reduce the cellular dysfunction that is the root cause of these diseases. For more information, visit www.neurodon.net.
SOURCE Neurodon Corporation