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Profile last edited on: 1/28/21      CAGE: 89ZK1      UEI: W52FNK8RZ9K4

Business Identifier: Tool to investigate asociation of loss of small to possible pre-indication of Alzheimers Disease onset.
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11 Beacon Street Suite 200
Boston, MA 02108
   (800) 385-1751
Location: Single
Congr. District: 08
County: Suffolk

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Research suggests that accurate biomarkers demonstrate the pathology of Azheimers is present 15 years of more prior to onset of memory symptoms. growing support for idea that the best strategy to develop disease modifying therapies is to design clinical trials during this asympomatic, preclinical period. Among those under consideration is development of an algorithm of olfactory tests that functionally probe two vulnerable neural circuits with early signs of pathology (olfactory and memory circuits). In clinically normal elderly individuals, who have undergone longitudinal neuropsychological testing and radiographic phenotyping, the Percepts of Odor Episodic Memory (POEM) algorithm identified clinical normal individuals with selective odor memory deficits, normalized to other aspects of their individual olfactory function (odor discrimination and odor identification). Those clinically normal elderly individuals with a selective odor memory deficit were enriched in the 3 key AD risk factors: ApoE4, the strongest genetic risk factor for AD, evidence of neurodegeneration in a key memory and olfactory processing area of the brain, and, most importantly, a significant decline in cognitive function over time. In order to fully explore the potential of this finding, here we seek to expand our participant pool by creating a digital olfactory battery that couples with the POEM algorithm, with the ultimate goal that this can be self administered independently at home. To accomplish this goal, we have partnered with a leading digital health company, the ADK group, to develop a mobile app and Scentovations, a company taking an innovative approach to the design and manufacturing of odor delivery devices that are either reusable or disposable. The mobile app will organize the subject's experience with instructions and cues, will collect the response data generated in response to the tests, and will send it securely to a central location. In addition, proprietary naturalistic odors developed by International Flavors and Fragrances will be incorporated into this battery to improve the perceptual salience of odors and performance across different cultures and continents. Following the development of this prototype, we will seek to validate it in both a clinical and home setting. Used alone or together with other non-invasive measures that probe function of different brain regions, a remote test to identify cognitively normal people harboring AD pathology and at risk of developing clinical AD is an essential step to developing and clinically managing therapies that will impact the growing epidemic of AD. Public Health Relevance Statement: Project Narrative Detecting clinically normal elderly individuals with AD pathology and following their disease progression in a non-invasive, affordable manner is a critical step to developing and monitoring disease modifying therapies. We developed the POEM (Percepts of Odor Episodic Memory) algorithm to identify cognitively healthy elderly individuals with neurodegeneration in their memory circuits and significant cognitive decline over time. To seek further validation of this promising methodology, we have teamed with a leading digital health company and propose to develop a digital olfactory battery for remote assessment of the POEM algorithm using novel odor diffusers and naturalistic odors.

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Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2020 1 NIH $326,862
Project Title: The Assessment of Smart Phone Everyday Tasks (Asset): a New Iadl Test for Early Ad

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  Dan Tatar -- President

  Mark W Albers

  Chris Baker -- Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

  Jon Clark -- Chief Technology Officer

  Aaron Crootof -- Technical Director

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