A facile approach for preparing dual-agonists with long lifetimes and balanced activities

Period of Performance: 09/20/2017 - 09/17/2018


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Prolynx, LLC
Principal Investigator


We have developed a chemically-controlled ultra-long acting delivery system to support once- weekly to once-monthly administration of peptides. In this system, the peptide is covalently attached to a hydrogel microsphere depot by a cleavable ?-eliminative linker; upon subcutaneous injection, the linker slowly cleaves and releases the drug. If the same linker is used to attach two different peptides to microspheres, they will be released at the same rate; the relative amounts released can be controlled by the relative amounts attached to the microspheres. Hence, this delivery system should be capable of coordinating the pharmacokinetics of ?dual-agonists?. This Phase I proposal seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of utilizing a two-drug delivery system to coordinate the pharmacokinetics of two peptide therapeutics. We will attach both the GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide and a newly discovered glucagon agonist to our hydrogel- microspheres using a single linker having a half-life of about one week. After subcutaneous injection of the microspheres in the mouse, we will determine the pharmacokinetics of both these peptides. Concurrently, we will utilize the DIO mice as a model for obesity, and attempt to demonstrate the efficacy of the dual agonist as an anti-obesity drug, as well as the optimal ratio of the two drugs.