Inhibikase Therapeutics’s Risvodetinib (IkT-148009) has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). MSA is a rapidly progressive rare condition of the nervous system that causes gradual damage to nerve cells in the brain, and shares many symptoms with Parkinson's disease. This neurological disorder has an estimate an average of 0.6 to 0.7 new cases per 100,000 people yearly.
The non-receptor tyrosine kinase Abelson, c-Abl is shown to be implicated in the initiation and progression of α-synuclein (α-syn) pathogenesis and neurodegeneration. Risvodetinib is a brain-penetrant selective inhibitor of c-Abl1 and Abl2 undergoing Phase 2 clinical studies.