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Submission of Investigational New Drug application to the Federal Drug Administration to support clinical development of topical pirenzepine for CIPN.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2SB1CA213555-04
Agency Tracking Number: SB1CA213555
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NCI
Solicitation Number: PAR19-334
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-30
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 ANDREW MIZISIN
 (858) 336-9084
 amizisin@winsantor.com
Business Contact
 STANLEY KIM
Phone: (858) 336-8094
Email: skim@winsantor.com
Research Institution
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Abstract

PROJECT SUMMARY
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a debilitating side effect of many first-line
chemotherapeutic drugs. Depending on the specific drug and dose regimen, CIPN can afflict between 20-85%
of cancer patients receiving these drugs at standard doses and nearly 100% of patients at high drug doses.
Many patients with CIPN experience neuropathic pain, and there are no FDA-approved treatments to prevent or
reverse CIPN other than those to limit associated neuropathic pain. Emerging appreciation that mitochondrial
dysfunction is involved in the underlying pathogenesis of CIPN suggests a potential therapeutic approach. The
founders of WinSanTor (WST) have demonstrated in in vitro and in vivo preclinical studies that peripheral
neurons are under a tonic, cholinergic-mediated, constraint of mitochondrial function. Release of this metabolic
brake by muscarinic receptor type 1 (M1R) antagonists enhances mitochondrial function, promotes nerve growth
and both prevents onset of neuropathy and reverses established neuropathy and reduces neuropathic pain in
rodent models of CIPN. Consistent with the idea that regulating peripheral nerve growth represents a promising
target for therapy, pilot clinical trials using a non-selective muscarinic receptor antagonist confirmed reversal of
intra-epidermal nerve fiber (IENF) loss in type 2 diabetes patient (ADA abstract 2018) and reduction of pain
(unpublished results). WinSanTor’s preclinical proof-of-concept studies and IND enabling studies have been
funded through various mechanisms, including an NIDDK STTR Fast Track grant awarded to WinSanTor in 2014
(1R44DK104512), an NCI Phase I STTR grant awarded to WinSanTor in 2017 (R41CA213555), and a NCI
Phase II STTR grant awarded to WinSanTor in 2018 (R42CA213555). Supported by these grants, WinSanTor
has achieved three major milestones in developing a novel topical formulation of Pirenzepine, a selective M1R
antagonist: 1) Phase 1 clinical trial was completed in Australia in November 2018, 2) A Phase 2 clinical trial in
diabetic patients has been initiated (NCT04005287) in Canada in July 2019, and 3) Pre-IND meeting with FDA
schedule in September 2019, and IND filing anticipated in November 2019 for a double blind, randomized Phase
2 clinical trial in diabetic patients with painful peripheral neuropathy. To support our clinical development for
CIPN, we propose to develop a regulatory strategy to assemble the documentation needed for the FDA IND
submission and design a double blind, randomized Phase 2 clinical trial in gynecologic cancer patients with
CIPN. Our preclinical studies demonstrated that topical pirenzepine is effective against the development of CIPN
and neuropathic pain and is effective at reversing the established CIPN and neuropathic pain. We have
completed GMP manufacturing and IND-enabling safety and toxicology studies. Our Phase I trial data
demonstrated that topical delivery of Pirenzepine achieved target distribution of pirenzepine in skin tissue with
extremely low levels of systemic exposure in humans. These data will be included in our IND submission and
support the Phase 2 trial design.
1PROJECT NARRATIVE
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a debilitating side effect of many first-line
chemotherapeutic drugs, and there are no FDA-approved treatments to prevent or reverse CIPN other than
those to limit associated neuropathic pain. WinSanTor, Inc is developing a proprietary topical formulation of
selective M1R antagonist for CIPN.
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* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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