Recombinant Botulinum Neurotoxin for Treatment of Spastic Disorders

Period of Performance: 09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Cytodel, LLC
New York, NY 10023
Principal Investigator


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is the active ingredient in pharmaceutical products like Botox(R) (Allergan), which FDA has approved for therapeutic and aesthetic indications. Because of its inherent toxicity, the dose of BoNT required to treat spasticity disorders in large muscle groups is uncomfortably close to the toxic dose range. Serious adverse events and death have been reported, leading the FDA to introduce a black box warning into labeling for the entire drug class. Because all current BoNT products are manufactured from Clostridium botulinum cultures, they have similar safety characteristics, and cannot be engineered for improved performance using the tools of modern molecular biology. CytoDel has licensed NYU technology developed with NIH support, which enables production of recombinant BoNT derivatives with customized properties. Recombinant BoNT derivatives have been developed to improve performance in specific indications and enable indications currently not approved for wt BoNT, such as cerebral palsy (CP), which affects 800,000 people in the US. CP is the condition most commonly associated with BoNT treatment----related death. This approach can also benefit patients with stroke, brain injury and multiple sclerosi who suffer from severe spasticity disorders. Cyto012 is CytoDel's lead candidate for a safer BoNT product, and it is intended to reduce the risk associated with using large doses of BoNT to treat spasticity disorders. Preliminary studies demonstrate that Cyto012 is 100,000----fold less toxic than BoNT produced from Clostridium botulinum cultures, and consequently, has a ten-fold improved safety margin relative to the currently available BoNT products. The proposed research is intended to directly compare the safety and effectiveness of Cyto012 and wt BoNT/A, using a standard mouse model for studying BoNT pharmacology. The data from the proposed studies will be used to define the dosage range to be evaluated in more complex preclinical studies. The proposed research will also be used to evaluate the immunogenic potential of Cyto012. These data are needed to schedule productive pre-IND meetings with FDA. Successful completion of the proposed studies will provide proof-of-principle data to support commercial development of Cyto012 for treatment of spasticity in large muscle groups, and for pediatric use in children with cerebrl palsy.