JPM CBRN Medical
published "Strengthening Warfighter Resiliency Using Broad-Spectrum or Host-Directed Therapies within the Rapid Acquisition and Investigation of Drugs for Repurposing (RAIDR) Program"
in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Learn more about the article and the team's work on the RAIDR program below.
The ecosystem of CBRN threats is evolving and becoming more complex. To maintain cadence with looming threats in a prolonged field care environment, the broader medical countermeasure (MCM) enterprise must adopt new strategies for CBRN-addressing drug development. The Countering Emerging Threats - Rapid Acquisition and Investigation of Drugs for Repurposing (CET RAIDR) program within the JPM Medical is designed to rapidly tackle known, unknown, and emerging threats by utilizing late-stage or licensed therapeutics. Responsible and relevant care must be more responsive to needs of expansive and novel threats, as showcased by lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Repurposing is one such method. The focus of the CET RAIDR effort is to bridge treatment gaps between threat identification and the implementation of licensed targeted MCMs, thereby strengthening warfighter resiliency. The CET RAIDR program conserves both time-to-market and funds by leveraging previous conventional development work as a launch point for repurposing efforts. The CET RAIDR program minimizes development and procurement costs by supplementing the military medical providers' toolbox with post-Phase II therapies that demonstrate established safety and manufacturing processes, leading to a cost-sparing model for niche medicines (i.e., CBRN MCMs). The CET RAIDR program currently focuses on strengthening collaborations with industry, academia, and other government partners to survey and test and evaluate (T&E) U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products, such as LEUKINE ®, PRECEDEX ®, Ketamine, Isoflurane, and XOFLUZA ®, as well as other promising developmental products against known or undocumented threats.