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Dose-ranging safety and efficacy studies to advance novel mechanism-of-action small molecule leads to treat obesity-linked type 2 diabetes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41DK119052-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41DK119052
Amount: $299,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDDK
Solicitation Number: PA17-131
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-31
Small Business Information
Galveston, TX 77550-2023
United States
DUNS: 078394570
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (409) 747-4748
Business Contact
Phone: (832) 613-5356
Research Institution
GALVESTON, TX 77555-5302
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACTA staggeringof US adults are obeseSince obesity greatly dysregulates glucose homeostasisalmost all obese individuals suffer from TypediabetesT Dor prediabetesThese diseasesand
accompanying comorbid chronic health complicationsare largely responsible for burgeoning US healthcare
costsUnfortunatelylife style modification programstypically the first line treatment for obesity linked T Drarely produce sustained weight loss that is necessary to alter T D and prediabetes severity and progressionThusanti diabetic drugse ginsulinmetforminare required to lower plasma glucose levels in obese
diabetic patientsThese drugs do not target the root cause of glucose dysregulation in obese individualsbut
largely modulate downstream glucose production and or excretion mechanisms to symptomatically lower blood
glucose levelsIt isthereforenot surprising that current anti diabetic drugs require lifelong administrationproduce numerous chronic use adverse effectshave high non adherence ratesand do not generate longterm cost savingsGiven the high prevalence of obesity linked T D and inadequate treatment optionsthere is
a critical need for new drugs that sustainably reduce T D and prediabetes in obese AmericansTo address this challengeRidgeline Therepeutics is developing novel oral drugs that reduce excess body
fat to restore glucose homeostasis in obese diabetic patientsOur small molecule drugs selectively target
nicotinamide N methyltransferaseNNMTan adipocyte centric enzyme newly discovered to regulate white
adipose tissueWATmetabolism and mediate obesity linked insulin resistanceThese new therapeutics are
expected to improve the underlying WAT linked dysfunctional metabolic state of obese diabetic patientsleading to sustained and persistant reductions in body weight and excess WATuntil circulating glucose levels
are normalizedWhen tested in the translationally relevant mouse model of diet induced obesityDIOour
lead candidate significantly reduced whole body weightproduced drastic shrinkage of WAT mass and
adipocyte sizeand returned blood cholesterol to levels observed in normal weight individualsImportantlyfood intake was not altered with compound treatmentsuggesting no impact on appetite
suppressionMoreoverpreliminary pharmacokineticsafetyand functional studies have shown that our leads
are stablesafehighly oral bioavailableand efficaciousThese results suggest our technology has enormous
potential as a new treatment for obesity linked T D prediabetesTo further derisk our technologywe will complete dose ranging oral delivery studies to characterize the
safety and efficacy of our drug leadProject aims includein vitro ADME Tox profilingrigorous long term
safety studiesandcomprehensive efficacy studies to demonstrate significantly improved T D biomarkers
in treated animalsOur accomplished scientific team will complete these aims and guide our technologyderisking programPreclinical development and IND enabling studies will follow this STTR Phase I project PROJECT NARRATIVEThis project will complete critical dose ranging studies to significantly derisk our novel small
molecule anti diabetes therapeutic leads that selectively target nicotinamide N methyltransferase and
increase the metabolism of white adipose tissuei ebelly fat

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