At Brain Trust Bio, we are singularly focused on reformulating and improving the best drugs on the market, based on our successful implementation of riluzole administered by intrathecal infusion (ITRil) for the treatment of amyotrophic central nervous system diseases like lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In 1995, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved riluzole (marketed under the brand names Rilutek and Tiglutik) for the treatment of ALS. The drug is taken orally (as a tablet or a liquid formulation) and is considered to increase survival of ALS patients by a modest two to three months. However, it does not halt or reverse disease progression, and the oral doses cannot be augmented because of the drug’s hepatic toxicity. In addition, oral riluzole can impair cognitive function and induce asthenia, which may lead to treatment discontinuation in patients who poorly tolerate these central side effects.

Brain Trust Bio hypothesized that continuous intrathecal (IT) delivery of low daily doses of riluzole could elevate spinal cord (SC) concentrations and improve the drug’s survival benefit, without increasing the risk of systemic toxicity or asthenia and without the impaired cognitive function caused by oral therapy. Due to riluzole’s low aqueous solubility, Brain Trust Bio developed and patented a novel IT formulation, thereby taking a known working drug and optimizing its complete potential.

Following this innovative hypothesis, Brain Trust Bio has secured approval to initiate Phase I clinical trials for its Continuous Intrathecal Drug Delivery Method. The trials will involve 10 patients over a six-month period at two prestigious Australian sites. Conducted by leading medical professionals at Flinders University, Adelaide, and Sunshine Coast Hospital, Birtinya, they ensure the highest standards of clinical investigation. Furthermore, upon successful completion, the equivalence of these Phase I trials to American standards ensures direct advancement to Phase II in the U.S., eliminating the need for repetition. This significant development marks a pivotal step toward revolutionizing the treatment landscape for debilitating neurological conditions, potentially offering patients improved outcomes with fewer side effects.