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Simvastatin nanomedicine in ARDS and sepsis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41GM121153-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41GM121153
Amount: $299,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 400
Solicitation Number: PA15-270
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-31
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Wynnewood, PA 19096-3450
United States
DUNS: 079328813
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
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Title Simvastatin nanomedicine in ARDS and sepsis
The host response to severe infection termed sepsis affects more than million Americans yr generating
annual direct costs exceeding $ billion Novel therapies are sorely needed to target maladaptive features of
the host response that complement antimicrobial drugs and advances in supportive care Microcirculatory
hyperpermeability may be a major determinant of multi organ dysfunction and death in sepsis
We have investigated control mechanisms in the septic vasculature to implicate the Angiopoietin Tie pathway
as a critical regulator of vascular barrier function Sepsis markedly attenuates signaling by the receptor Tie
as an endogenous antagonist ligand called Angipoietin is induced in the vascular endothelium Indeed
inhibition of Angpt rescues vascular leakage lung injury and death in sepsis models
We performed an unbiased drug repurposing screen that identified HMG CoA reductase inhibitors statins
as potent suppressors of Angpt Simvastatin prevented leakage and death in experimental sepsis but only
when Angpt was present We have elucidated an intracellular mechanism of action connecting HMG CoA
inhibition in the endothelium to the suppression of ANGPT gene transcription
Given orally to treat hypercholesterolemia statins undergo extensive first pass hepatic metabolism resulting in
poor bioavailability Higher statin doses can harm liver muscles and kidneys limiting their utility as clinical
Angpt suppressors Utilizing Eunoia s proprietary platform of self assembling peptides ESAP we have
developed a monodisperse and highly stable nanoparticle based delivery system for simvastatin nanoSimva
The unique simplicity of forming nanoSimva compared to other technologies including liposomal formulations
which are extremely difficult makes it possible to get into patients very quickly especially since the drug is
safe and there is no obvious toxicity yet observed with ESAPs We hypothesize that nanoSimva will achieve
a superior efficacy toxicity profile compared to unencapuslated compound Successful completion of this
STTR project will position our team to continue pursuing a first in man study for this first in kind approach to
ameliorate a major public health burden in the ICU The knowldege gained from the present studies will enable
us to compete for phase II STTR SBIR support needed prior to IND submission Despite tremendous advances in the supportive care for critically ill patients the health burden of sepsis and
acute respiratory distress syndrome ARDS remains stubbornly high with over deaths per year in the
U S Sepsis which can arise in adults and children from any kind of infection has no effective adjunctive
therapies excessive leakiness in small blood vessels appears to be an early and progressive hallmark of
sepsis and ARDS Successful execution of this project that targets the hallmark of sepsis and ARDS would
position this work closer to a first in man testing of a first of its kind therapeutic approach

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