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AlzeCure selects drug candidate and enters new phase of development

AlzeCure

The company has selected a TrkA-NAM drug candidate, ACD137, and started the preclinical development phase with the compound.

“AlzeCure’s unique TrkA-NAM substances have extremely selective effects so that optimal pain-relieving effect is achievable without inducing side effects. As the TrkA-NAM substances are small molecules, they can be taken in tablet form, which makes it easier for the patient but also contributes to a more cost-effective treatment,” says Pontus Forsell, Head of Discovery and Research at AlzeCure.

ACD137

ACD137 is being developed within the TrkA-NAM project in AlzeCure’s Painless platform, with the aim of developing a new pain-relieving drug for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other severe pain conditions. In the project, a drug candidate has now been selected to proceed into the preclinical development program, which includes safety and tolerability studies, as well as formulation work and stability testing.

A new pain-relieving drug for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other severe pain conditions.”

ACD137 blocks NGF-mediated signaling via TrkA receptors, a biological mechanism with strong genetic, preclinical and clinical validation for its role in pain. AlzeCure has already demonstrated that TrkA-NAM substances have a potent analgesic effect in preclinical pain models. Studies also show that they have a substantial anti-inflammatory effect, something that can enhance the analgesic effects in clinical contexts and open up further areas of use, the company describes. Furthermore, effects have been seen on relevant biomarkers for inflammation and pain.

”We are very pleased to have now selected a promising drug candidate and started the preclinical development phase with ACD137. There is great interest from the pharmaceutical industry in this target mechanism, and the fact that we have such a potent and selective substance is a decisive advantage, as several big pharma companies have tried to develop TrkA-NAM assets. In indications such as knee osteoarthritis, there are also large medical needs and a growing patient group,” says Martin Jönsson, CEO of AlzeCure.

Photo: AlzeCure Pharma

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