Novel treatment to restore neurological function in patients with Multiple Sclerosis


Ref.-No.: 0707-5835-IKF

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common non-traumatic disabling disease among young adults. It affects approximately 2.8 million individuals worldwide, with increasing incidence and prevalence in both developed and developing countries.

The current immunomodulatory treatments for MS primarily address inflammation but fall short in promoting myelin repair and neurological function restoration.

Therefore, there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies that can both reduce inflammation and restore neurological function in MS patients.


Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine have identified squalene, a cholesterol-synthesis intermediate, as pharmaceutically active agent for use in the prevention and/or treatment of demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

This compound acts as LXR agonist, facilitating the resolution of inflammatory processes and promoting the availability of cholesterol necessary for remyelination.

Oral administration of squalene in relevant mouse models of demyelinating diseases has demonstrated the resolution of inflammation and the promotion of remyelination, with a significant improvement in the clinical score.

Therefore, squalene could serve as a valuable complement to disease-modifying therapies, significantly enhancing their effectiveness and offering new hope to patients affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Patent Information

International Patent Application No. PCT/EP2020/084338, filed on December 2, 2020.


We are open to research collaborations or license agreements to accelerate the integration of this promising compound into the clinical practice.

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