Drug Delivery Technology: Revolutionizing CNS Therapies

Date: December 23, 2007
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Drug Delivery Technology: Revolutionizing CNS Therapies
Use the incisive analysis, commentary, opinions and forecasts provided in this note to:

  • gain an in-depth understanding of the technology landscape for invasive, minimally invasive and non-invasive delivery of CNS therapeutics and regenerative therapies
  • assess the options available for the invasive delivery of small molecules, peptides, proteins, gene therapies and stem cells now & in the future
  • assess the potential delivery options available for emerging non-invasive formulations including transdermal, intranasal, oral and buccal melts
  • evaluate the use of ultrasound and convection enhanced delivery as alternative methods for CNS delivery
  • gauge the current & future technology requirements of pharma, biotech & medical device companies developing CNS products & devices
  • analyze how the market is evolving & the influence that drug delivery may have on pharma CNS pipelines
  • identify key pharma & delivery companies focusing on the improved delivery of existing & novel CNS agents
  • 2006 global CNS market worth over US$100 billion
  • The CNS market has attracted attention of specialty pharma and big pharma players such as Abbot, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Biogen, Boehringer Ingelheim Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dianippon Sumitomo, Eisai, Eli-Lilly, Forest Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Lundbeck , Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Novartis, Otsuka, Pfizer, sanofi-aventis, Schering AG, Merck Serono, Shire, Takeda, Tanabe, UCB and Wyeth
  • Challenges remain to ensure the efficient and targeted delivery of agents across the blood brain barrier by invasive and non-invasive delivery methods to a provide flexible, reproducible and cost-effective method of managing CNS disorders
  • Specialists are applying a plethora of platforms to deliver CNS agents and regenerative therapies, including needle free delivery, transdermal, intranasal, pulmonary, oral & buccal delivery
  • Many new classes of drugs will reach the market over the next 6 years, driving future market growth including small molecules, peptides and regenerative therapies (stem cells and gene therapies). Their success is analyzed in detail and case studies provided to highlight the progress of each technology.
  • The application of nanotechnologies including micellar nanoparticles, nanoparticles, nanocells and lipobridge systems offers significant opportunities for selective and targeted delivery of CNS products. A number of nano-enabled delivery systems are evaluated in this report.
  • As the CNS market evolves new approaches to treatment of CNS are emerging utilizing stem cells and gene-based therapies. Several companies are working towards this goal including: Copernicus Therapeutics, Genzyme, Oxford Biomedica, NeuroGeneration and Pharmidex. A number of delivery options are currently being evaluated to optimize the clinical utility of these regenerative therapies and are analyzed in detail in the report.

“The World Health Organization has indicated that CNS disorders are the major medical challenge of the 21st Century, yet treatments for most CNS disorders are either inadequate or absent. The CNS is the most challenging frontier for drug discovery largely because of the complexity of the brain and the existence of the BBB”

Alan Palmer, Chief Executive of Pharmidex, UK

The revenue derived from Central Nervous System (CNS) drugs is vast, in that such a large number of diseases and disease processes are grouped under the CNS “umbrella”. These include acute organic conditions, such as infection, pain (both acute and chronic); chronic organic conditions such as neoplasms, seizure disorders; chronic degenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias, as well as the range of functional disorders classified as mental illnesses: schizophrenia, affective and anxiety spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disorders and addictions.

The CNS has always posed problems in terms of drug delivery, drug efficacy and safety/ tolerability because of the presence of the blood brain barrier (BBB). The BBB is composed of a layer of extremely tightly packed epithelial cells, saturated with enzymes designed to protect the brain by disallowing the entry of noxious substances via the bloodstream. The unfortunate by-product of this has been the problem of delivering beneficial drugs to the CNS in sufficient quantities to effectively treat the targeted condition without causing unacceptable systemic adverse reactions.

Administering drugs directly into the CNS e.g. intrathecally or intracerebrally, is an effective method of delivery but carries significant risks in terms of infection as well as being invasive and unpleasant for the patient. In recent years, methods of by-passing the BBB have been proposed, trialed and are now available, such as osmotic permeability, the use of nanoparticles small enough to penetrate the BBB, ultrasonic adjunctive drug treatment, and stem-cell and gene therapy, which effectively provide a “self-cure” by promoting neuroplasticity and cell regeneration within the central nervous system itself.

Newer delivery methods such as transdermal drug delivery which can employ nanotechnology to increase absorption and bioavailability, as well as being non-invasive and simple to use are on the rise, and seem set to be used for a wide range of CNS disorders, including psychoses, pain and neurodegenerative disorders.


1. How will the drug delivery technology drivers change in the CNS arena during the next decade and beyond?
2. What are the key delivery technologies and devices in the CNS field?
3. When are products and medical devices which utilize these key delivery echnologies likely to reach the market?
4. Which drug delivery technologies are likely to win in the near-term and the ong-term, and why?
5. Which companies are the winners in each technology category?
6. How are drug delivery technologies evolving to meet the demands of the CNS market?
7. Where are the market opportunities now and in the future?

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Overview of the market
  1.2.1 Current market size
  1.2.2 Patient population
1.2 Current CNS therapies
  1.2.1 Product drivers and dampeners
1.3 CNS players & product pipeline
  1.3.1 Key pharma players
  1.3.2 Product pipeline
  1.3.3 Product pipelines: neurodegenerative diseases, chronic organic conditions
  1.3.4 Product pipeline: mental disorders, pain
1.4 Growth areas for CNS drug delivery
  1.4.1 Penetrating the blood brain barrier
  1.4.2 Transdermal delivery




4.1 Delivery across the BBB
4.2 Improving patients compliance
4.3 Harnessing neuroplasticity


5.1 Small molecule nano-enabled delivery
  5.1.1 Case study: Paliperidone palmitate (Johnson & Johnson/Elan)
  5.1.2 Case study: DNA nanoparticles (Copernicus Therapeutics)
  5.1.3 Case study: Nanocells (Midatech)
  5.1.4 Case study: nab technology/Protosphere (Cenomed BioSciences)
5.2 Vaccine delivery
  5.2.1 Case study: ProSavin (Oxford BioMedica)
  5.2.2 Case study: DCVax (Northwest Biotherapeutics)
  5.2.3 Case study: NicVax (Nabi Pharmaceuticals)
5.3 Gene therapy delivery
  5.3.1 Case study: non-viral delivery (ArmaGen Technologies)
  5.3.2 Case study: viral vectors (Neurologix/ Cornell Medical College)
  5.3.3 Case study: Intracerebral delivery (Genzyme Corporation)
5.4 Stem cell delivery
  5.4.1 Transplantation
  5.4.2 Drug delivery of stem cells
  5.4.3 Case study: NeuroGeneration
  5.4.4 Case study: Neural stem cells (Institute of Cellular Medicine)
  5.4.5 Case study: Neural repair cells (Aastrom / Tissue Repair Cell Technology)
5.5 Peptide delivery
  5.5.1 Case study: Lipobridge technology (Genzyme Corporation / Pharmidex UK)
  5.5.2 Case study: “Design for Peptides” (Genzyme Corporation/ Brookwood Pharmaceuticals/SurModics)
  5.5.3 Case study: Nanobodies (Ablynx)
5.6 Implants, pumps and electrical delivery systems
  5.6.1 Case study: Duros implant (ALZA/NiTi Medical Technologies)
  5.6.2 Case study: Intrathecal delivery devices (Medtronics)
  5.6.3 Case study: “Brain Gate” implants (Cybernetics Inc)
5.7 Our opinion on invasive drug delivery technologies


6.1 Ultrasound
  6.1.1 Case study: Catheter for stroke & ischemic stroke (EKOS / NeuroWave
  6.1.2 Case study: Ultrasonic delivery device (Perfusion Technology
6.2 Convection enhanced delivery
  6.2.1 Case study: CED Research (University of California/National Cancer Institute
  6.2.2 Case study: Cintredekin besudotox (NeoPharm)
6.3 Our opinion on minimally invasive delivery


7.1 Needle free delivery
  7.1.1 Case study: Intraject delivery (Zogenix Inc)
  7.1.2 Case study: Glide solid dose injector (Glide Pharma)
7.2 Transdermal delivery
  7.2.1 Case study: PassPort system (Altea Therapeutics)
  7.2.2 Case study: Transdur patch (Durect / Endo Pharmaceuticals)
  7.2.3 Case study: Viaderm technology (Transpharma Medical)
  7.2.4 Case study: Exelon patch (Novartis)
  7.2.5 Case study: Antipsychotic patch (Dermatrends / Teikoku Pharma
  7.2.6 Case study: Zingo (Anesiva)
7.3 Intranasal/pulmonary delivery
  7.3.1 Case study: Vianase - Controlled Particle Dispersion (Kurve Technology
  7.3.2 Case study: Tempo inhaler (MAP Pharmaceuticals)
  7.3.3 Case study: Intranasal midazolam (Intranasal Therapeutics
7.4 Novel oral formulations
  7.4.1 Case study: Remoxy (Pain Therapeutics / King Pharmaceuticals)
  7.4.2 Case study: Spheromers (Spherics/Takeda)
  7.4.3 Case study: Oros implant (ALZA Corporation)
7.5 Buccal melt
  7.5.1 Case study: Rapidmist (Generex)
  7.5.2 Case study: Sativex (GW Pharmaceutical)
7.6 Reformulations
  7.6.1 Extended release
7.7 Our opinion on non-invasive drug delivery technologies


8.1 Key drug delivery players in the CNS arena
8.2 Recent partnerships and acquisitions
  8.2.1 Strategic partnerships & joint ventures
  8.2.2 Acquisitions
  8.2.3 Emerging specialty pharma companies
8.3 Market trends now 2006-2012
  8.3.1 Global drug delivery market 2006-2012
  8.3.2 Pharma drivers and drug delivery trends by 2012
8.4 Market by 2020
8.4.1 Pharma drivers and drug delivery trends by 2020





Figure 1.1: Schematic of the blood brain barrier
Figure 1.2: US$100 billion global CNS market 2006
Figure 1.3: Half a billion people affected with CNS conditions globally
Figure 1.4: Classes of CNS drugs approved
Figure 1.5: Drugs in clinical development for mental illness
Figure 4.1: CNS delivery opportunities
Figure 5.1: Mechanism of uptake of compacted DNA nanoparticles
Figure 5.2: Gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease
Figure 5.3: ArmaGen’s molecular Trojan horse
Figure 5.4: New approaches to Parkinson’s disease
Figure 5.5: Sources of stem cells
Figure 5.6: Applications of stem cells
Figure 5.7: LipoBridge technology
Figure 5.8: Ablynx’s nanobodies
Figure 5.9: Duros once-yearly osmotic implant
Figure 5.10: Duros system for delivery of antineoplastic agents into the brainstem for brain tumour
Figure 5.11: Sagittal CTS of Duros implant
Figure 5.12: Medtronic Mattric SCS sytem, percutaneous leads and laminotomy leads
Figure 5.13: Cyberkinetics brain gate implant
Figure 6.1: EKOS® NeuroWaveTM Catheter in stroke
Figure 6.2: The NeuroWave catheter
Figure 6.3: Convection enhanced delivery image
Figure 6.4: CED imaging
Figure 6.5: Model of CED
Figure 7.1: Intraject delivery device
Figure 7.2: Application of interject device
Figure 7.3: Glide delivery technology
Figure 7.4: PassPort Delivery System – transdermal versus subcutaneous delivery of apomorphine in rats
Figure 7.5: Trasndur - transdermal patch
Figure 7.6: Viaderm transdermal delivery
Figure 7.7: Exelon patch
Figure 7.8: Dermatrend’s A) transdermal technology and B) HRA molecule
Figure 7.9: Anesiva’s Zingo
Figure 7.10: CPD delivery profile
Figure 7.11: Spherics drug delivery technologies
Figure 7.12: Oros drug delivery technologies
Figure 7.13: Rapidmist device
Figure 8.1: Total number of pharmaceutical and drug delivery deals (1997-2006
Figure 8.2: Drug delivery deals as a proportion of specialty pharma deals (2000-2007
Figure 8.3: Migration of CNS products from invasive to non-invasive delivery
Figure 8.4: CNS drug delivery landscape by 2020


Table 1.1: Table drug expenditure in 2006
Table 1.2: Summary of key CNS drugs in clinical development – by therapeutic category
Table 3.1: Leading CNS delivery companies
Table 5.1: Medtronic’s range of delivery technologies
Table 8.1: Summary of leading drug delivery companies and their delivery technologies
Table 8.2: Summary of recent alliances, agreements and acquisitions within CNS delivery
Table 8.3: Forecasts of approved CNS products 2006-2012 (US$ billion
Table 8.4: Forecasts of pipeline DD driven CNS products 2006-2012 (US$ million
Table 8.5: Leading CNS drug delivery specialist by 2020


Aastrom, Ablynx, Abbott Laboratories, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Actelion, Alkermes, Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Altea Therapeutics, ALZA Corporation, Anesiva, Amarin, Arena, AstraZeneca, ArmaGen Technologies, Astellas, Axonyx, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Boston Life Sciences, Brookwood Pharmaceuticals, Cenomed BioSciences, CeNeRx, Ceregene, Clinical Data Online, Inc., Corcept, Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Copernicus Therapeutics, Cyberkinetics, Dainippon Sumitomo, Dermatrends, D-Pharm, DOV Pharmaceuticals, Durect, Elan Corporation, Eli Lilly, EKOS, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Epix, Esai, Fabre-Kramer, Forest Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, GPI Pharma, Generex, Genzyme Corporation, Glide Pharma, GW Pharmaceutical, Janssen, Juvantia Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals, Ipsen, Ivax, Intranasal Therapeutics, King Pharmaceuticals, Kurve Technologies, Kyowa Lundbeck, Medtronics, MediciNova, Memory Pharmaceuticals, Midatech, MAP Pharmaceuticals, Medical technologies, Merck & Co., Merck Serono, Migenix, Myriad Genetics, Nabi Pharmaceuticals, Nanopharm, NeuroWave, Neuro3d, Neurocrine, Neurogen, Neurologix, NiTi Medical Technologies, NeoPharm, NeuroSearch, Neurocrine, Northwest Biotherapeutics, Novartis, NPS, Ono Pharmaceuticals, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Organon, Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Oxford BioMedica, Pain Therapeutics, Pharmidex UK, Pharmos, Perfusion Technology, Pfizer, Phase 2 Discovery, Potomac Pharma, Predix Pharmaceuticals, Prescient, Repligen, Roche, Saegis Pharmaceuticals, sanofi-aventis, Schering-Plough, Schering AG, Schwarz Pharma, Sepracor, Servier, Shire Pharmaceuticals, New River Pharmaceuticals, SK Pharmaceuticals, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Sosei, Spherics, SurModics, Tanabe, Takeda, Teikoku Pharmaceuticals, Tissue Repair Cell Technology, Transpharma Medical, Targacept, Tetragenex, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Tikvah Pharmaceuticals, Titan Pharmaceuticals, Torrey Pines Therapeutics, Toyama Chemical, Trans-Tech Pharma, UCB, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth, Xytis, Zogenix
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