The human brain contains over 400 miles of blood vessels.
These blood vessels are lined by closely linked cells to form the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from viruses, bacteria and other harmful elements.
At the same time, this barrier also prevents the delivery of targeted medicines which could treat conditions that cause damage inside the brain.
However, natural pathways at the blood-brain barrier do exist to transport essential nutrients such as glucose and iron across this barrier, to maintain a healthy brain.
Iron, for example, can be carried across the barrier by binding to transferrin receptors, which are like cars that transfer iron from the blood to the brain.
What if we could harness this method to transport medicines too?
Using this natural iron transport process, Denali Therapeutics has engineered a novel transport vehicle that attaches to the transferrin receptor to deliver medicines to where they are needed in the brain and throughout the body.
This unique transport vehicle technology can be used to carry a wide range of medicines, such as enzymes, antibodies and other molecules, and has the potential to address a broad range of diseases, making the development of advanced treatments possible.
Our investigational LRRK2 inhibitor treatment BIIB122/DNL151 aims to slow disease progression and treat the underlying cause of Parkinson's disease. Learn more about our investigational treatment and plans for future late-stage trials by visiting EngageParkinson's.
We are advancing therapies that aim to address the cognitive, behavioral, and physical aspects of MPS II and other MPS disorders. Learn more about our investigational brain-penetrant enzyme replacement treatment DNL310 for Hunter syndrome by visiting EngageHunter.
AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
We are focused on developing potential treatments for ALS that aim to slow disease progression, including advancing clinical trials of our investigational eIF2B activator treatment DNL343. Visit ClinicalTrials.gov to learn more about this study.
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