First-in-class Therapy to Reverse the Course of Parkinson’s Disease
Inhibikase Therapeutics’ lead product candidate, IkT-148009, is a highly potent, first-in-class, small-molecule medication designed and engineered as a chronically administered, once-daily oral medication that targets an underlying biological mechanism that leads to Parkinson’s disease, with the goal of halting disease progression and reversing functional loss. IkT-148009 is designed to block the activation of Abl kinase, a clinically validated drug target, to halt and reverse the loss of dopamine-secreting neurons in the brain and GI tract by restoring neuroprotective mechanisms.
Having demonstrated that Abl kinase inhibition can protect against disruption of development and progression of Parkinson’s-like syndrome in the brain and GI tract in animal models using IkT-148009, we submitted two Investigational New Drug (IND) applications in February, 2019, to begin clinical development in multiple classes of Parkinson’s patients. Clinical development should proceed through 2024.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease develops when neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine begin to die. Loss of these and other neurons leads to involuntary tremors, slow and imprecise movements, muscle stiffness, postural instability, loss of memory and dysfunction of the GI tract. All marketed therapeutic approaches to treat Parkinson’s help manage the symptoms of the disease, but there is currently no available treatments to slow or stop the disease’s relentless progression.
The underlying causes of neural death in Parkinson’s disease are beginning to be understood. Abl kinases have been shown to play a critical role in monitoring insults to neurons inside and outside of the brain and regulating biological pathways that are responsible for protecting neurons from dying in the brain and other areas of the body. In addition, recent research has demonstrated that Abl kinases are essential checkpoint regulators that play a central role in Parkinson’s disease progression.
RAMPTM Drug Innovation Engine
Our RAMP™ (Re-engineering Approach with Metabolism Preserved) drug innovation engine enables us to design and develop novel small-molecule product candidates with enhanced potency and preserved safety profile for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.