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Papers: 31 Oct 2020 - 6 Nov 2020

Pharmacology/Drug Development


J Psychiatr Brain Sci


Controlling the “Opioid Epidemic”: A Novel Chemical Entity (NCE) to Reduce or Supplant Opiate Use for Chronic Pain.


We report on the ongoing project "A Novel Therapeutic to Ameliorate Chronic Pain and Reduce Opiate Use." Over 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from intermittent or constant chronic pain, and chronic pain affects at least 10% of the world's population. The primary pharmaceuticals for treatment of chronic pain have been natural or synthetic opioids and the use of opioids for pain treatment has resulted in what has been called an "epidemic" of opioid abuse, addiction and lethal overdoses. We have, through a process of rational drug design, generated a novel chemical entity (NCE) and have given it the name Kindolor. Kindolor is a non-opiate, non-addicting molecule that was developed specifically to simultaneously control the aberrant activity of three targets on the peripheral sensory system that are integral in the development and propagation of chronic pain. In our initial preclinical studies, we demonstrated the efficacy of Kindolor to reduce or eliminate chronic pain in five animal models. The overall goal of the project is to complete the investigational new drug (IND)-enabling preclinical studies of Kindolor, and once IND approval is gained, we will proceed to the clinical Phase Ia and 1b safety studies and a Phase 2a efficacy study. The work is in its second year, and the present report describes progress toward our overall goal of bringing our compound to a full Phase 2 ready stage.