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Repurposed Treatment for Cocaine Use Disorder


Repurposed drug for transcriptomic-driven treatment of cocaine use disorder.

Key Benefits
  • FDA-approved drug.
  • Outperformed current targets undergoing clinical trials for CUD at the mRNA level.
Market Summary

In 2018, there were approximately 2.2 million regular users of cocaine in the United States, and 1 million individuals with cocaine use disorder (CUD). Cocaine abuse is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, and there are no approved medications for the treatment of CUD. The current standard of treatment includes psychosocial treatments. Despite progress in the development of psychosocial approaches for CUD, many patients still do not respond to these treatments.

Technical Summary

Emory University inventors hypothesized that if the transcriptional signatures of a compound are negatively associated with a diseased state, this compound may reverse the underlying disease mechanisms back to normal. The inventors have identified repurposed medications that opposed the neuropathology of human CUD. In in vitro studies, these compounds reversed the CUD genes in human neuronal cells exposed to cocaine, as well as on cocaine self-administrated mouse. Based on validation using datasets, these compounds outperformed current targets undergoing clinical trials for CUD at the mRNA level.

Drug Discovery Results for CUD using Human Brain Data

Developmental Stage
  • Lead compound has been identified and in vitro studies complete.
  • Lead compound has undergone in vivo fruit fly testing.
  • Inventors are seeking collaborators and funding.

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Patent Information
App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
PCT PCT PCT/US2021/048188   8/30/2021   2/28/2023 Pending
Tech ID: 20204
Published: 1/23/2021

Jessica Beach
Marketing Specialist
Emory University, Office of Technology Transfer
(404) 727-1899

Rohan Palmer
Spencer Huggett

Repurposed Drug