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Blood Brain Barrier Drug Delivery of Therapeutics for Chemical Warfare Agents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0238
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0349
Amount: $749,641.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD10-109
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-07-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
867 SW Shoremont Ave
Normandy Park, WA -
United States
DUNS: 827915385
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Hoekman
 Chief Scientific Officer
 (206) 568-1466
Business Contact
 Michael Hite
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (206) 697-5817
Research Institution

Technical Abstract Impel NeuroPharma has developed a novel non-invasive delivery system, the POD device that targets drug to the upper third of the nasal cavity which results in direct and rapid transport of drug to the CNS via the olfactory perineural pathways, effectively bypassing the BBB. In Phase I of this research contract Impel successfully characterized and tested both an aqueous and a dry powder form of 2-PAM for administration via Impel"s POD device, which led to dramatic increases in 2-PAM brain concentrations and lower plasma concentrations compared to IV administration. In Phase 2 of this research contract, Impel will conduct critical studies in order to ready this product for clinical trials and ultimately for use in the battlefield setting as an effective treatment for nerve gas exposure. Impel"s four main objectives are 1) Determine doses of POD administered 2-PAM and MMB-4 with optimal CNS exposure in rats; 2) Demonstrate the CNS protective effects of POD administered 2-PAM and MMB-4 in rats exposed to the nerve agents sarin and soman; 3) Develop optimized POD device for battlefield oxime use; and 4) Determine tolerability and drug distribution of POD administered oxime in non-human primates.

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