Interim Report January – June 2019
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by external force to the head resulting in immediate damage to nerve cells. The damage continues to worsen for several days after the acute trauma. The most common causes for TBI are trips and falls, traffic accidents and assault and battery.1) With more than 50 million new cases occurring each year, TBI is estimated to cost the global economy nearly 400 billion dollars annually in direct and indirect healthcare costs.2) A large number of patients suffer moderate to severe functional disabilities requiring intensive care and various forms of lifelong support.
NeuroVive’s candidate drug for TBI treatment, NeuroSTAT, targeting the mitochondria, has been evaluated in a Phase II clinical study (Copenhagen Head Injury Ciclosporin-CHIC) at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. The study, which ended in May 2017, studied safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics, i.e. the effect of two different doses of the active ingredient ciclosporin on circulation in the body and passage to the brain in patients with severe traumatic brain injury. The protective effects in traumatic brain injury and the relationship between effcacy and drug concentrations in the brain, were also assessed in an experimental study at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The NeuroSTAT candidate drug has orphan drug designation in both Europe and the US.
2) Maas A et al. Traumatic brain injury: integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research. The Lancet Neurology. 2017 Nov; 16(12):987