Retrotope has created a new category of drug platform to preserve and restore mitochondrial health in degenerative diseases. The unique mechanism of Retrotope’s platform prevents cellular damage and recovers cellular function damaged by lipid peroxidation due to oxidative stress. Retrotope’s first product candidate, RT001, is being clinically tested in Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a high value untreated fatal orphan disease. Retrotope’s transformational platform technology of stabilized lipid drugs has the potential to treat a wide variety of other mitochondrial myopathies, but also show promise for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetic retinopathy, and others.

Retrotope's drug platform, deuterium stabilized PUFAs, are unique in drug discovery. Retrotope’s stabilized fatty acid drugs prevent lipid peroxidation damage from propagating, rapidly stopping the toxic chain reaction at its source.  Because the fatty acids in membranes turn over rapidly, the dietary substitution of stabilized fatty acids creates cells fortified against damage.

Retrotope announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development granted orphan drug designation for its stabilized fatty acid drug (RT001) for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). This follows the recent announcement that RT001 was well tolerated with no serious adverse events or dose limiting toxicities in the first cohort of its Phase 1/2 clinical trial in FA patients.

Presentation by Dr. Harry Saal about how RT001 addresses the orphan disease Friedreich's ataxia.

(October 12, 2015)