For families interested in knowing more, contact:
Dr. Caroline Hastings at Children's Hospital Oakland: email@example.com
Dr. Caroline Hastings, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, discusses her role in treating the first Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC) patients in the U.S. with Trappsol® Cyclo™ and how this grew to a global compassionate-use program for NPC patients, then formal clinical trials at CTD. Dr. Hastings is the Principal Investigator on CTD’s phase I clinical trial, Senior Clinical Advisor on CTD’s phase I/II clinical trial in Europe, and she co-chairs CTD’s Family and Physicians Listening Circle.
Trappsol® Cyclo™ is an experimental treatment for people with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C. It is a proprietary formulation of a ring of sugar molecules known as cyclodextrins. CTD uses hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin in its formulation of Trappsol® Cyclo™. Laboratory experiments have shown that Trappsol® Cyclo™ can remove the harmful cholesterol build up from animal cells, and it has been used by NPC patients on a compassionate basis for up to 7 years.
Dr. Benny Liu, a gastroenterologist at Highland Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California, discusses his groundbreaking research on cyclodextrins as a treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC), a rare and fatal genetic disease that impacts the brain, lung, liver, spleen, and other organs. Dr. Liu is a member of CTD’s Scientific Advisory Board and a co-Investigator on CTD’s phase I clinical trial using Trappsol® Cyclo™, CTD’s proprietary orphan drug for treatment of NPC.
N. Scott Fine, Chairman and CEO of CTD Holdings, discusses CTD’s evolution from a fine chemicals company to a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that develops cyclodextrins to treat human disease, particularly the orphan drug Trappsol® Cyclo™ for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare and fatal genetic disease that impacts the brain, lung, liver, spleen, and other organs.
ALACHUA, Fla., Jan. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CTD Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: CTDH), a clinical stage biotechnology company that develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of disease with unmet medical need, today announced its newest partner in support of its US clinical program, United BioSource LLC (UBC). UBC provides pharmaceutical and home nursing services in support of clinical trials and other patient-centered initiatives. UBC will support CTD’s Extension Protocol, “An Open-Label Extension Study of the Long-Term Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Trappsol® Cyclo™ (HPBCD) in Patients with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC-1),” in the United States.
“UBC has a long and distinguished record of providing management of home nursing services in the US and internationally,” said N. Scott Fine, CTD’s Chairman and CEO. “As we work to provide NPC patients in this Extension Protocol with as much support as possible while we continue to work toward market registration of Trappsol® Cyclo™, we believe that it is vital to include an option for infusions at home and under the care of a qualified health care professional. Our partnership with UBC allows us to offer patients this choice.”
CTD’s Extension Protocol for the Phase I trial was approved by FDA in April 2018. The Protocol allows eligible subjects who have completed the Phase I trial in the US to continue to receive intravenous administration of CTD’s Trappsol® Cyclo™, the company’s proprietary formulation of hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin, until market registration. The two clinical sites now participating the Phase I trial are also expected to participate in the Extension protocol: UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland, led by Caroline Hastings, MD, and Morristown Medical Center of the Atlantic Health System, led by Darius Adams, MD.
“Having the option for home infusions is a game changer for many NPC patients,” said Dr. Hastings, who is also the first physician in the United States to administer hydroxypropyl beta cylodextrins to NPC patients. Those first administrations were in 2009 with CTD’s hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin product using an intravenous route of administration. “Since intravenous is a relatively low-risk route of administration compared to other routes of administration, it is entirely feasible to administer the drug in a home setting by a qualified healthcare provider.”
More information on CTD’s Phase I trial is available in a video recording of a webinar held October 16, 2018, go the company website: www.ctd-holdings.com. On October 3, 2018 CTD published a press release, HERE, outlining top-line data from both of its intravenous Trappsol® Cyclo™ clinical trials now underway in the U.S., United Kingdom, Sweden and Israel.
Physicians seeking more information on CTD’s clinical programs should contact:
Sharon H. Hrynkow, PhD, CTD Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families interested in CTD’s phase I trial in the United States should contact:
Shannon Reedy, CTD Family Liaison at Shannon.Reedy@hotmail.com,
Dr. Caroline Hastings at email@example.com or,
Allen Hodgson, Oakland Study Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or,
Dr. Darius Adams at email@example.com or,
Christina Flora, Morristown Study Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About CTD Holdings:
CTD Holdings, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of disease. The company’s Trappsol® Cyclo™, an orphan drug designated product in the United States and Europe, is used to treat Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, a rare and fatal genetic disease, on a compassionate use basis as well as in two ongoing formal clinical trials (Clinical Trials.gov NCT02939547 and NCT02912793). Additional indications for the active ingredient in Trappsol® Cyclo™ are in development. For additional information, visit the company’s website: www.ctd-holdings.com.
United BioSource (UBC) is a leader in the market for integrated, comprehensive clinical, safety, and commercialization services. UBC brings together renowned scientific research and operations experts with leading-edge technologies, allowing for the best patient and healthcare provider experience. Comprehensive, end-to-end services cover product and patient population characterization during development and market entry, as well as a focus on the patient experience, safety, and adherence. For additional information, visit the company’s website: www.ubc.com.
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