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TriviumVet announces collaboration with the Dog Aging Project

By Business & Finance
22 April 2021
Pictured from left: Tom Brennan, COO and cofounder, TriviumVet and Louise Grubb, CEO and co-founder, TriviumVet

TriviumVet, an animal health research and development company based in Co. Waterford, has announced an exciting research collaboration with the Dog Aging Project, TRIAD Trial.

The Dog Aging Project is an innovative initiative based in the United States that brings together a community of dogs, owners, veterinarians, researchers, and volunteers to carry out the most ambitious canine health study in the world. The Dog Aging Project is a National Institutes of Health funded project which will follow tens of thousands of companion dogs for ten years to identify the biological and environmental factors that maximise healthy longevity. 

The goal of the project is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence ageing. That information will then be used to help dogs and people increase their health span, that is the period of life spent free from disease.

A subset of participating dogs will be selected to be part of a new clinical study, Test of Rapamycin in Aging Dogs (TRIAD), to explore the potential of the drug Rapamycin to improve health span. 

The TRIAD Trial

The TRIAD Trial is a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of the drug Rapamycin. This study, being conducted as part of the larger Dog Aging Project research efforts, investigates the use of Rapamycin to potentially slow the ageing process and prolong healthy life.

TriviumVet have developed a novel Rapamycin formulation for dogs which will be used in the TRIAD Trial.  

TriviumVets novel veterinary Rapamycin formulation 

Recognising the potential therapeutic benefits of Rapamycin in cardiomyopathies in dogs and cats, TriviumVet have developed a novel veterinary formulation of Rapamycin which is currently undergo ing clinical trials in client-owned pets of both species, having completed the initial safety and pharma cokinetic investigations. 

Louise Grubb, TriviumVet CEO said:

The Rapamycin formulations we have developed will be first-in-disease treatments with a novel mode of action to treat chronic life-threatening conditions. We are excited about the additional opportunity to collaborate with the Dog Aging Project and further explore the potential of this drug.

Dr. Matt Kaeberlein, co-director of the Dog Aging Project commented on the collaboration: We are delighted to be working with TriviumVet and to have signed a collaboration agreement to use their novel veterinary formulation of Rapamycin for the TRIAD Trial.” 

Rapamycin background 

Rapamycin, also called sirolimus, was originally discovered in 1964 after being isolated from the bac terium Streptomyces hygroscopicus in a soil sample from Easter Island, and was found to be an active metabolite with antibiotic and antifungal properties. It was later found to have immunosuppressive and anti-proliferative properties, which sparked a scientific interest in deducing the compounds mechanism of action. 

Research collaboration 

As part of this collaboration, both the Dog Aging Project and TriviumVet will have access to new data to better understanding the potential of Rapamycin for both the treatment of disease and also the long-term age-related benefits. 

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