Data show correlation between targeted activity in the brain and improvement in motor speed and executive function, providing further validation of Akili’s technology platform and its potential to improve select cognitive impairments across different indications
Data also offer preliminary evidence of EVO™ Monitor’s ability to provide rapid mobile assessment of cognitive function
Akili Interactive Labs, Inc. (“Akili”), a leading digital medicine company, today announced the publication of full data from a randomized, unblinded study conducted by National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry and Rheumatology that evaluated the ability of Akili’s digital therapeutic AKL-T01 to improve cognitive dysfunction in patients diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Data from the study show that AKL-T01 resulted in significant improvement in motor speed and executive functions. The study results were published in the medical journal Lupus.
Approximately 1.5 million people in the United States are living with SLE.1 Cognitive dysfunction occurs in 20% to 80% of patients with SLE2, twice the prevalence of the general population3, and substantially impacts their quality of life4.
In the randomized, unblinded study of 60 SLE patients aged 18-65, participants showed a high adherence to the 4-week AKL-T01 treatment and showed significant improvement in visuomotor speed (Trail Making A, p=0.025) and cognitive flexibility/sequencing (Trail Making B, p=0.018) compared to the no contact control group. Further, the study investigated the ability of the product EVOTM Monitor5, built on the same technology platform, to serve as a rapid mobile assessment of cognitive function.
At baseline, the multitasking threshold (reaction time difference between single tasking and multitasking) from EVOTM Monitor was associated with performance on tasks of cognitive flexibility and psychomotor speed (Trail Making B, r=-0.37, p=0.001 and WAIS-IV coding, r=0.30, p=0.02). At follow up, the treatment group also demonstrated significant improvement in EVOTM Monitor compared to the control group (p=0.001). No additional between groups differences were found in other neuropsychological, behavioral, or health outcomes.
“Cognitive difficulties such as attention and executive function are linked to a number of autoimmune diseases, yet there are limited assessments and few interventions to support them,” said Anil S. Jina M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Akili. “The results of this study in patients with SLE are consistent with the cognitive improvements seen in other studies after using our digital therapeutic. We are excited to see this continued validation of our technology platform as we advance our pipeline to deliver clinically meaningful cognitive and quality-of-life improvements across patient populations.”
AKL-T01 is delivered through an action video game experience. The technology presents specific sensory stimuli and simultaneous motor challenges designed to target and activate the neural systems that play a key role in attention function while using adaptive algorithms to personalize the treatment experience for each individual patient.
AKL-T01 is built on Akili’s Selective Stimulus Management Engine (SSME™), its most advanced proprietary therapeutic engine, designed to target cognitive impairment at its source in the brain.
SSME has been clinically validated across more than 20 research, proof-of-concept and pivotal clinical studies in a number of different disease areas to validate the efficacy and safety of Akili’s digital therapeutic solutions for the treatment of cognitive impairments, including ADHD, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
This was a randomized, unblinded study of 60 SLE patients aged 18-65. Study participants completed baseline neuropsychological tests (of attention, psychomotor speed, and executive function), a tablet-based digital assessment (EVOTM Monitor), and biobehavioral measures. The patients were randomized into treatment SLE (n=30) or no contact control SLE (n=30) groups, and returned four weeks later for follow-up cognitive, EVOTM Monitor, and biobehavioral testing. The SLE treatment group was trained on a tablet-based digital treatment (AKL-T01) and were instructed to complete 5 sessions at least 5 days per week for 4 weeks for a total of approximately 25 minutes of gameplay per day.
Akili is pioneering the development of cognitive treatments through game-changing technologies. Our approach of leveraging technologies designed to directly target the brain establishes a new category of medicine – medicine that is validated through clinical trials like a drug or medical device, but experienced like entertainment. Akili’s platform is powered by proprietary therapeutic engines designed to target cognitive impairment at its source in the brain, informed by decades of research and validated through rigorous clinical programs. Driven by Akili’s belief that effective medicine can also be fun and engaging, Akili’s products are delivered through captivating action video game experiences. For more information, please visit www.akiliinteractive.com.
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4Mendelsohn, S, Khoja, L, Alfred, S et al. Cognitive impairment in systemic lupus erythematosus is negatively related to social role participation and quality of life: a systematic review. Lupus 2021, 30:1617-1630.
5EVO™ Monitor incorporates a proprietary multi-tasking assessment into a state-of-the-art mobile video game-like platform, which deploys modern video game graphics, engaging reward loops, and real-time adaptive mechanics to dynamically personalize difficulty in order to assess the user's ability.
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