MSDC-0160 and MSDC-0602 are the first therapeutic agents in a new class of insulin sensitizers called mTOT Modulators being developed to treat patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, polycystic kidney disease, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.


MSDC-0160 successfully completed a Phase 2a clinical trial at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago) in patients diagnosed with mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. The study was funded by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

MSDC-0160 is also being studied in preclinical models of Parkinson’s disease, in collaboration with researchers at Van Andel Institute (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 

A 90-day, randomized, double-blind, comparator- and placebo-controlled, multi-dose Phase 2b clinical study in 258 patients with type 2 diabetes was completed in December 2011. Data from this study was published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (advance online publication 6 March 2013).


A 28-day, randomized, double-blind, comparator- and placebo-controlled, multi-dose Phase 2a study in 129 patients with type 2 diabetes completed in August 2011. This proof-of-concept clinical study showed that MSDC-0602 achieved significant glucose control and increased insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes patients.

MSDC-0602 is also being investigated in preclinical models of polycystic kidney disease in preclinical animal models in collaboration with researchers at PreClinomics and the Mayo Clinic.

MSDC-0602 also is being evaluated in animal models of fatty liver disease supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health.


MSDC is utilizing traditional medicinal chemistry to develop new chemical entities (NCEs) that are non-TZD, oral mTOT Modulator insulin sensitizers for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.