Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is a common neuropathological finding among older adults and is characterized by amyloid beta (A?) deposits in blood vessel walls of the brain. CAA is a major cause of spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage and an important contributor to age related cognitive decline. Diagnosis is often missed by physicians as the presenting symptoms are similar to a stroke and can be further complicated as CAA is found in over 80% of Alzheimer?s disease patients. Standard diagnosis of probable CAA involves expensive imaging techniques and an invasive brain biopsy. The only definitive way to diagnose CAA is through post-mortem analysis. An ante-mortem diagnostic is needed that can reliably identify CAA at the early, asymptomatic stages, enabling a correct diagnosis to avoid medications contraindicated in the disease. Furthermore, a useful and affordable outcome marker is needed for clinical trials focused on therapies for CAA that could stop or reverse progression of the disease. Amydis aims to address these unmet needs by identifying A? in the eye, as a window to the brain, for early detection of CAA. Several amyloid forming peptides can lead to CAA, among them, amyloid beta (1-40), A?40, is by far the most prevalent form. Amydis? probes have demonstrated significant fluorescence enhancement in vitro with synthetically aggregated A?40, the ability to detect retinal amyloid deposits in vivo in transgenic mouse models, and detection of amyloid deposits ex vivo with human brain tissue from CAA patients. We have selected our lead clinical candidate, AMDX- 2011P, based on properties amenable for commercial development. With this proposal we aim to 1) develop a chemical synthesis and formulation of AMDX-2011P in preparation for clinical trials, 2) complete preclinical studies to assess the metabolism, pharmacokinetics and toxicity of AMDX- 2011P and 3) complete investigational new drug (IND) enabling studies to file an IND with the FDA. Completion of these aims will advance the development of our in vivo ocular diagnostic test into human clinical trials, getting us one step closer to our mission of providing an ante-mortem, simple and affordable CAA diagnostic.

Public Health Relevance

Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) is an age-associated disease where amyloid builds up on the walls of the arteries in the brain, increasing the risk for stroke. Retinal abnormalities have been reported in patients that mirror the known histopathology of CAA in cerebral vessels. The proposed research aims to advance an ocular ante-mortem diagnostic test for CAA.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR) - Phase II (R44)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1)
Program Officer
Martin, Zane
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Amydis Diagnostics, Inc.
San Diego
United States
Zip Code