What does the drug do?
RT001 is made from slightly modified linoleic acid (LA). Linoleic acid is typically part of a normal human diet and is found in most oils. RT001 can protect cells from lipid peroxidation – a process that is believed to cause damage in several neurodegenerative diseases, including MND. RT001 has previously been shown to be safe when administered to humans. However, RT001 can currently only be prescribed in research settings.
A Phase 2 trial, sponsored by Retrotope Inc, will test the safety and efficacy of RT001 in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive RT001 or placebo (dummy drug looks exactly the same as the RT001, but does not contain any active medicine). Both the participant and the research team do not know who receives a placebo treatment or RT001. The entire study duration is 28 weeks. You can read more about the trial here.
This trial was recruiting in Estonia, Latvia, Netherlands and Sweden only.