Puretech Ownership
Product Candidate
Initial Indication(s)
Stage of Development
33.7% Equity
EndeavorRx™7 (AKL-T01)

ADHD

Scaled commercial launch
Cognitive dysfunction in depression

Major depressive disorder

Discovery and research
Cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis

Discovery and research
Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder

Discovery and research
Post-COVID cognitive dysfunction

COVID brain fog

Discovery and research

As of December 31, 2020, PureTech’s percentage ownership of Akili was approximately 33.7 percent on a diluted basis. This calculation includes outstanding shares, options, and warrants, but excludes unallocated shares authorized to be issued pursuant to equity incentive plans.

These therapeutic candidates are regulated as devices and their development has been approximately equated to phases of clinical development. With the exception of EndeavorRx, candidates are investigational and have not been cleared by the FDA for use in the United States.

7 EndeavorRx is indicated to improve attention function as measured by computer-based testing in children ages 8-12 years old with primarily inattentive or combined-type ADHD, who have a demonstrated attention issue. Patients who engage with EndeavorRx demonstrate improvements in a digitally assessed measure Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) of sustained and selective attention and may not display benefits in typical behavioral symptoms, such as hyperactivity. EndeavorRx should be considered for use as part of a therapeutic program that may include clinician-directed therapy, medication, and/or educational programs, which further address symptoms of the disorder. EndeavorRx is available by prescription only. It is not intended to be used as a stand-alone therapeutic and is not a substitution for a child’s medication. 

SELECT PROGRAM:

Akili’s investigational therapeutic candidates

Advancing digital treatments to target cognitive dysfunction associated with conditions across neurology and psychiatry 
  • Akili is a leading digital therapeutics company, combining scientific and clinical rigor with the ingenuity of the tech industry while pursuing the goal of changing how medicine is developed, delivered and experienced. Akili is pioneering the development of treatments designed to have direct therapeutic activity, delivered not through a traditional pill but via a high-quality video game experience. Akili is evaluating a number of technologies and potential new digital medicines designed to target neural systems to improve associated cognitive functions.
  • By combining high-quality neurological and clinical science, and consumer-grade entertainment, Akili is seeking to produce a new type of medical product that can potentially offer safe, effective, scalable and personalized treatments for patients across a range of neuropsychiatric conditions and allow patients to experience medicine in a new way.
  • Program Discovery Process by the PureTech Team
    • We were interested in identifying novel approaches to measure and improve cognition in a safe and non-invasive manner. We engaged with leading neuroscientists and clinicians who had been studying the effects of video games on cognition and the underlying neural processes accessible by sensory stimulation, and we identified and in-licensed from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) the intellectual property invented by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Physiology at UCSF and the inventor of the SSME platform technology, in October 2013 before his work was published as a cover story in the journal Nature. We then collaborated with Dr. Gazzaley to translate the underlying academic device into a medical intervention, including overseeing the initial product development and design and the implementation of the initial POC studies. We helped to build development and commercial teams and raise funds. One of the core PureTech team members who helped lead the identification and platform development is now the Chief Executive Officer of Akili.
  • Patient Need & Market Potential
    • Cognitive dysfunction is a key feature of many neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), multiple sclerosis (MS), major depressive disorder (MDD), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The treatment of the cognitive dysfunction associated with these conditions is only partially served, or not served at all, by currently available medications or by in-person behavioral therapy.
  • Milestones Achieved & Development Status
    • In March 2019, Akili entered into a strategic partnership with Shionogi for the development and commercialization of AKL-T01 (in development for children with ADHD) and AKL-T02 (in development for children with ASD) in Japan and Taiwan. Under the terms of the agreement, Akili will build and own the platform technology and received upfront payments totaling $20 million with potential milestone payments for Japan and Taiwan commercialization of up to an additional $105 million in addition to royalties. Akili and Shionogi have initiated a clinical study in preparation for a regulatory submission in Japan.
    • In December 2019, Akili presented results from a trial of AKL-T03 as a potential treatment for cognitive impairments adjunct to antidepressant medication in adults with MDD. In the trial, AKL-T03 demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in sustained attention compared to control. AKL-T03 is designed to improve specific cognitive functions and may play a complementary role to antidepressants in the holistic treatment of MDD.
    • Akili is leveraging new digital platforms for its digital therapeutic products to enable launch in a variety of models. The company is offering AkiliCare™, integrated components that enable streamlined patient service, data processing and distribution functions in its initial product launch to allow flexibility, learning and iteration as it continues to invest in the delivery of digital therapeutic solutions to the market.

Multiple Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) have determined AKL-T01 to be a non-significant risk device. Akili has obtained IRB approval independently or in collaboration with independent clinical research institutions for all past and ongoing human data collection for clinical research in the United States. We do not control the clinical or regulatory development of Akili’s product candidates. We do not have a direct interest in Akili’s therapeutic or therapeutic candidates. Our interest in Akili’s therapeutic and therapeutic candidates is limited to our equity interest in Akili and any potential appreciation in the value of such equity interest, and we do not control the clinical or regulatory development of Akili’s therapeutic candidates. Akili is well-protected with a robust intellectual property portfolio. Akili was incorporated in February 2012.

Akili is seeking to produce a new type of medical product that can potentially offer safe, effective, scalable and personalized treatments for patients across a range of neuropsychiatric conditions and allow patients to experience medicine in a new way.



Press Releases

PureTech Founded Entity Akili Collaborates with Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to Study Digital Therapeutic AKL-T01 as Potential Treatment for Patients with COVID Brain Fog

April 7, 2021


PureTech Founded Entity Akili Announces the Results of EndeavorRx™ Clinical Study in Pediatric ADHD Published in Nature Digital Medicine

March 26, 2021


PureTech Founded Entity Akili Announces Presentation of New Outcome Data for Digital Therapeutic EndeavorRx™ in Paediatric ADHD

October 21, 2020


PureTech Founded Entity Akili Announces Appointment of Chief Marketing Officer

October 7, 2020


PureTech Founded Entity Akili Receives Approval to Market EndeavorRx™ in Europe as a Digital Treatment for Children with ADHD

June 23, 2020


PureTech Founded Entity Akili Announces FDA Clearance of EndeavorRx™ for Children with ADHD, the First Prescription Treatment Delivered Through a Video Game

June 16, 2020


PureTech Founded Entity Akili Announces ENDEAVOR™ Digital Attention Treatment is Now Available for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) under FDA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Discretion Guidance

April 22, 2020


The Lancet Digital Health Publishes Akili AKL-T01 ADHD Pivotal Study Results

February 25, 2020


PureTech Affiliate Akili Announces New AKL-T01 Study Achieved Primary Endpoint in Children with ADHD

January 15, 2020


PureTech Affiliate Akili Announces AKL-T03 Achieved Primary Endpoint, Improving Cognitive Impairments in Major Depressive Disorder Trial

December 13, 2019


PureTech Health Affiliate Akili Appoints Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel to Leadership Team

April 11, 2019


PureTech’s Independent Affiliate Akili Announces Partnership with Shionogi to Develop and Commercialise Digital Therapeutics in Certain Asian Markets

March 7, 2019