Name: Elayta
Synonyms: CT1812
Therapy Type: Small Molecule (timeline)
Target Type: Amyloid-Related (timeline)
Condition(s): Alzheimer's Disease
U.S. FDA Status: Alzheimer's Disease (Phase 2)
Company: Cognition Therapeutics Inc.


CT1812 is a small-molecule antagonist of the sigma2 receptor, also known as the progesterone receptor membrane component 1. The rationale behind this therapeutic approach is that ligands for the sigma2/PGRMC1 receptor will compete with oligomeric Aβ binding to this receptor and thus interfere with Aβ-induced synaptic toxicity. CT1812 grew out of screening programs at Cognition Therapeutics. Company scientists have reported that compounds in this series not only block binding of a range of different Aβ species to this receptor but also displace it when applied after Aβ has bound (Dec 2014 conference news).

The structure of CT1812 has not been disclosed, but similar compounds in the series have been reported to enter the brain, occupy up to 80 percent of sigma2/PGRMC1 receptors, and restore behavioral deficits in APP transgenic mice (Izzo et al., 2014Izzo et al., 2014).


From September 2015 to May 2016, Cognition Therapeutics ran a Phase 1 trial in 80 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 75 in Melbourne, Australia; target enrollment was originally listed as 114. Single-ascending-dose administration was followed by multiple ascending doses given once daily for two weeks. The dose range in this trial spanned 10 to 650 mg; if this would not generate data to set a maximum tolerated dose, doses up to 1,350 mg were to be tried. Outcome measures included safety, tolerability, plasma pharmacokinetics, and CSF CT1812 concentration. At the 2016 and 2017 AAIC conferences, company scientists reported that single doses up to 1,120 mg were given, as were multiple doses of up to 840 mg in young and up to 560 mg in elderly volunteers. The drug was reported to be well-tolerated, with suitable pharmacokinetics, sufficient brain penetrance and target exposure, and minimal drug-drug interactions affecting cytochrome P450 activity (Catalano et al., 2016Catalano et al., 2017). 

From September 2016 to August 2017, Cognition Therapeutics ran a Phase 1/2 trial at four sites in Australia, enrolling 19 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease supported by a recent MRI. It compared a four-week course of 90, 280, or 560 mg of CT 1812 to placebo, taken once daily, on safety and tolerability parameters. At the subsequent CTAD conference, Elayta was reported to have been generally safe and well tolerated, though there were four cases of lymphocytopenia. Exploratory measures such as ADAS-Cog14, verbal or category fluency tests recorded no difference between groups, but exploratory biomarker analyses yielded possible signals of synapse protection (Dec 2017 conference news). 

In April 2018, a Phase 1/2 study started enrolling 21 people whose mild to moderate AD was confirmed by amyloid PET or CSF testing. Conducted at Yale University School of Medicine and dubbed COG0105 or SPARC, this trial will compare a six-month course of 100 or 300 mg of Elayta, or placebo. The primary outcome is cognition as assessed by the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Study Activities of Daily Living (ADCS-ADL), but the trial will also use the investigational PET tracer UCB-J, which binds to the synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A, in an attempt to monitor synapse density before and after treatment (see company press release; Jul 2016 news).  

In summer 2018, a Phase 1b target engagement study at the University of Pennsylvania will start enrolling 18 people whose mild to moderate AD is confirmed by amyloid PET. Called COG0104 or SNAP, it will compare single injections of 90, 280, or 560 mg of Elayta or placebo for their ability to displace Aβ oligomers and clear them into the CSF, as measured by a CSF Aβ oligomer assay.

Also in summer 2018, a Phase 2 multi-center study is expected to begin enrolling 24 people with mild to moderate AD as confirmed by amyloid PET for a six-month course of 100 or 300 mg of Elayta, or placebo. As of May 22, 2018, this trial lists CT1812 pharmacodynamic effects on CSF biomarkers, specifically as assessed by CSF neurogranin levels, as primary outcome.

For all trials of this compound, see

Clinical Trial Timeline

  • Phase 1/2
  • Phase 2
  • Study completed / Planned end date
  • Planned end date unavailable
  • Study aborted
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Last Updated: 25 May 2018


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News Citations

  1. Elusive or Not, Aβ Oligomers Are in BioPharma Crosshairs
  2. Next Up for Human Brain Imaging: Synaptic Density?
  3. Meet Sigma2, a New Aβ Receptor?

Paper Citations

  1. . A Two-Part, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 1 Study of the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Single and Multiple Ascending Doses of Ct1812 in Healthy Volunteers. Alzheimer's & Dementia, July 2016, Volume 12, Issue 7, Supplement
  2. . A Phase 1 Safety Trial of the aβ Oligomer Receptor Antagonist CT1812. Alzheimer's & Dementia, July 2017, Volume 13, Issue 7
  3. . Alzheimer's therapeutics targeting amyloid beta 1-42 oligomers I: Abeta 42 oligomer binding to specific neuronal receptors is displaced by drug candidates that improve cognitive deficits. PLoS One. 2014;9(11):e111898. Epub 2014 Nov 12 PubMed.
  4. . Alzheimer's therapeutics targeting amyloid beta 1-42 oligomers II: Sigma-2/PGRMC1 receptors mediate Abeta 42 oligomer binding and synaptotoxicity. PLoS One. 2014;9(11):e111899. Epub 2014 Nov 12 PubMed.

External Citations

  1. company press release

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