About NP-160 (Bromantane)
The Company’s lead drug for chronic kidney disease (CKD) is Bromantane (NP-160). It is representative of a class of drugs called “actoprotectors” developed during the Soviet Union era to improve performance of their military, cosmonauts and national athletes under extreme physical conditions.
NP-160 (Bromantane: N-2-adamantil-N-(para-bromophenyl-amine) was also developed in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and has been manufactured in Russia (commercial name: Ladasten) since 1997. Most recently the drug was manufactured by Pharmstandard, a large Russian domestic pharmaceutical company, until the end of 2018. Similar to NP-135 (Bemethyl), NP-160 (Bromantane), also improved performance under extreme conditions and was later repurposed as a more general treatment for neurasthenia. The drug is currently on the WADA list of banned substances.
NP-160 (40 mg/kg) reduced fibrosis by 57.6% (p<0.000001). NP-160 was also previously reported to be anti-fibrotic in a mouse model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).