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), an untreated fatal orphan disease. Other stabilized lipid drugs based on Retrotope’s transformational platform technology have the potential to treat a wide variety of other mitochondrial myopathies and neurodegenerative diseases.

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’s (FDA’s) Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) granted orphan drug designation for its chemically-modified polyunsaturated fatty acid drug (RT001) for the treatment of PLA2G6 associated neurodegeneration (PLAN).  

(November 2, 2017)

Publication in the "Neurobiology of Aging" Journal by CSO M. Shchepinov entitled "Deuterated polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce brain lipid peroxidation
and hippocampal amyloid β-peptide levels, without discernable behavioral effects in an APP/PS1
mutant transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease."

(February 24, 2018)