sEH Inhibitors to Treat Neuropathic Pain

Period of Performance: 03/01/2017 - 02/28/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Eicosis, LLC
Davis, CA 95618
Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator


? DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): With this proposal we aim to further the development of novel and safe oral inhibitors of sEH for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy in diabetic patients. Preclinical studies with our candidate EC5026 demonstrated efficacy for diabetic neuropathy. EicOsis has selected EC5026 for its efficacy with good PK/ADME properties and stability to enter further development stages for this indication. EicOsis also tested the compound and a backup in vitro for off target effects against an array of enzymes, determined the potential inhibition of major cytochrome P450 enzymes, and tested for de-risking with a contract research laboratory. EicOsis has used these data as a basis for an application to work with Blueprint Development Teams to create a development plan and initiate studies to test the safety of EC5026 in Phase 1 clinical trials. To further develop the compounds selected from the completed Phase I application we propose here to radiolabel the candidate and backup to carry out detailed metabolism studies and develop the label as a tracer for human Phase I clinical trial. Additionally we propose to use conventional material to test for off-target toxicity in vivo and to explore the breadth of activity of the inhibitors in alternate pain models. The studies are designed to address understanding metabolism and the spectrum of activity which if lacking often prevent drugs from being developed. The results will empower scientists in the pharmaceutical industry with critical data that speaks to the wider spectrum of activity of sEH inhibitors as analgesics of the future.