The $1 Trillion Problem
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Approximately 18 million Americans currently experience tremor and dementia symptoms indicative of Parkinson’s disease or Dementia with Lewy Bodies(DLB), among others.[1] This is expected to grow to over 30 million Americans by 2050.

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT predicts that the cost of caring for people with tremor and dementia disorders will expand from $500 billion annually today to more than $1 trillion by 2050 — greater than heart disease and cancer combined.

The use of imaging to manage these diseases became possible with the discovery of the Dopamine Transporter (DaT), a key factor found on the surface of dopamine-producing cells in the brain.

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DaT2020 is a novel 123I-labeled tropane molecule, which binds with high affinity to the dopamine transporter sites in the human brain. DaT2020 exhibits an optimal tracer profile that will translate to significantly improved SPECT imaging procedures because of its high selectivity to its target.

The program consists of 2 trials to be run in parallel.

Phase 3 Pivotal Trial:

This trial will recruit 275 subjects in 7 sites across the country. Each subject in the trial will be 40 years of age or older and have upper extremity tremor of 3 years or less in duration. Each subject will be initially diagnosed by a neurologist using current clinical diagnostic tools. They will then be scanned with DaT2020. The scans will be read by a panel of 3 independent readers who will reach a diagnosis based solely on the scan results.

Our goal is to objectively and accurately determine the relative accuracy of DaT2020 when compared to traditional clinical diagnosis by a neurologist.

Phase 2B Concordance Trial:

The first 100 subjects in the Phase 3 Trial will be recruited into a separate and distinct Phase 2B trial in which they will be scanned with DaTscan. The DaT2020 scan and the DaTscan image will be read by a new panel of 3 independent readers to preserve the “blind” on the Phase 3 scans. We will analyze the comparison of the two scans to determine the level of agreement or disagreement between them.

Our goal is to objectively determine whether or not DaT2020 produces diagnostic results equivalent to or better than DaTscan.

[1] According to the International Essential Tremor Foundation, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association

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