Cilcare’s Network Expansion Seeks to Accelerate Cochlear Synaptopathy Treatment with New Clinical Trial and Biomarker Innovation | Hearing Health & Technology Matters

Cilcare's Network Expansion Seeks to Accelerate Cochlear Synaptopathy Treatment with New Clinical Trial and Biomarker Innovation | Hearing Health & Technology Matters

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – Cilcare, a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in auditory sciences and developing novel therapies for inner ear and associated diseases, has expanded its partnerships with academic and public institutions in the United States and France. The University of Vermont Health Network and ARIS (Agence Régionale Investissements Stratégiques) have joined as new shareholders, alongside existing investors who have reaffirmed their commitment. These developments aim to support Cilcare’s clinical development plan, which focuses on defining novel auditory biomarkers to identify neuro-inflammatory diseases. The expanded partnerships and renewed investor trust will accelerate Cilcare’s auditory analytics activity and expedite ongoing and future observational clinical trials to collect auditory data for improving the stratification of patients with hearing impairments. Developing Treatment for Cochlear Synaptopathy Cilcare is strategically positioned to advance the clinical development of its lead compound CIL001 for the treatment of cochlear synaptopathy, also known as ‘hidden hearing loss’. This form of hearing impairment manifests as difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments and corresponds to early signs of age-related hearing loss, affecting approximately 15% of the worldwide population, with over 1 billion young people at risk due to unsafe listening practices. The infusion of capital from new and existing shareholders will allow Cilcare to accelerate its cutting-edge clinical research. The first ongoing observational clinical trial conducted in a diabetic population will be boosted with the forthcoming opening of new clinical trial centers in France. Additionally, Cilcare is launching a second observational clinical study that will be carried out in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients to assess the presence of cochlear synaptopathy at different stages of these neuro-inflammatory diseases. The results of these clinical trials will enable Cilcare to precisely define auditory profiles and cochlear synaptopathy based on auditory and non-auditory markers in these subpopulations of patients. Utilizing proprietary AI-based algorithms, Cilcare aims to establish digital auditory signatures, a novel tool that will be used for the development of the CIL001 compound. Celia Belline, Cilcare’s CEO, expressed gratitude to all partners, investors, and the Occitanie Region for their steadfast support. “ We are delighted with the expansion of our collaboration network and are immensely grateful to all partners and investors, and to the Occitanie Region, whose steadfast support has been integral to our company’s journey from inception to growth. These developments will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission of harnessing our unique expertise in auditory science to develop innovative medicinal approaches based on digital auditory signatures that will improve patients’ lives. I also warmly thank the FACCNE (French American Chamber of Commerce of New England), who has been a valuable key partner in connecting Cilcare with entrepreneurs and industries across the US.” –Celia Belline, Cilcare CEO About Cilcare Cilcare is a biotechnology company harnessing auditory sciences for the early definition, detection and treatment of synaptopathy in neurocognitive and inflammatory diseases. Located in Montpellier and the Boston area (USA), Cilcare develops its own portfolio of drug candidates using its next-generation AI (Artificial Intelligence) and RWD (Real-World Data) platform, relying on a unique expertise in preclinical development and on the ability to translate generated data into a clinical development strategy. CILCARE has also been a catalyzer in accelerating drug development in hearing disorders since 2014 by providing its smart R&D platform as a research-for-hire to some of the top hearing research companies and academic institutions in US, Europe and Asia. About  University of Vermont Health Network University of Vermont Health Network is a rural not-for-profit health system providing exceptional care to a region of more than 1 million people in Vermont and northern New York, while transforming health care through learning, research and innovation. Through an inclusive, coordinated team anchored by Vermont’s only academic medical center, and collaborating across a children’s hospital, five community hospitals (three designated as critical access), a multispecialty medical group, a home health and hospice provider and four skilled nursing facilities, the health system keeps patients as healthy as possible, while providing specialized, life-saving care close to home. About L’ARIS ARIS (Regional Strategic Investment Agency) is an investment company created in 2021 at the initiative of the Occitanie Region that aims to respond to the challenges of industrial sovereignty and decarbonization of the regional economy. Mainly positioned on the venture-capital segment, ARIS invests in equity in companies in the sectors of ecological transition, low-carbon mobility, healthtech, agroecology and digital transition, whether they are already present in the Occitanie Region or wish to set up there. Its investment approach aims to bring together economic interest and positive territorial impact. Since its creation, ARIS has already invested €19 million in 16 companies and aims to invest €50 million by 2030 in a region that strongly creates value. Source: CILcare