NGLY1 Research & Development Collaboration

Retrophin is participating in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) - a three-way research collaboration - with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the patient advocacy foundation to better understand the biology of N-glycanase 1 deficiency (NGLY1) and to identify potential small-molecule therapeutics for patients.


NGLY1 deficiency is a complex neurological syndrome resulting from a shortage of the enzyme N-glycanase 1. This enzyme assists in the removal of dysfunctional proteins from the body. Symptoms and severity of this disorder can vary dramatically among affected individuals and have been reported to include developmental delays, movement disorder, weak muscle tone, liver abnormalities, seizures and an inability to produce tears. There are currently no approved therapeutic options for NGLY1 deficiency. Learn more about NGLY1 deficiency.


In conjunction with NIH and we hope to drive the discovery of the first small-molecule therapy for NGLY1 deficiency. The collaborators are developing assays for small-molecule high-throughput screening in an effort to better understand the biology of the disorder and identify potential compounds that can be developed as a therapeutic. If identified, Retrophin will seek to continue development of identified compounds through pre-clinical and clinical phases, with the goal of delivering a treatment option for the NGLY1 community.