Weill Cornell Medicine, Akelos, get nearly $2M from NIH to develop nonopioid pain treatment

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Researchers from Akelos and Weill Cornell Medicine received a $1,757,406 grant from the National Institutes of Health for their work developing a nonopioid alternative to treat neuropathic pain, according to the American Dental Association

Weill Cornell Medicine and Akelos, a biopharmaceutical company, are collaborating to develop an oral drug and, later, an injectable version. The drug will treat neuropathic pain, which is chronic pain caused by hypersensitive damaged neurons or nerve fibers that transmit pain signals.

Approximately 500 million people worldwide have chronic pain, according to Steven Fox, DDS, creator of Akelos. He said that number, compounded with the opioid crisis, create an unprecedented need for nonopioid alternatives.

The two-year grant is part of Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, which has awarded $945 million across 41 states.

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