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An Orally Active, Selective Inhibitor of CD4+ T-Cell Activation That Blunts Left-Ventricular Remodeling and Improves Cardiac Function during Chronic Heart Failure
TS-057777 — A novel orally-active drug molecule that can inhibit pathological CD4+ T-cells at clinically translatable doses and, blunts progressive cardiac dysfunction and left-ventricular (LV) remodeling during Heart Failure (HF).
HF afflicts ~6.5 million adults in US with 50% mortality in first 5 years. It has an estimated market size of $4.2B USD in US alone with a forecasted CAGR of 23% from 2018-2028. Current HF treatments are mostly aimed at alleviating symptoms rather than treatment, resulting in progressive cardiac d…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Bansal, Shyam; Gumina, Richard
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Albumin-SN-38 Conjugate (AlbuCure) for Cancer Therapy
TS-057776 — A novel protein-drug conjugate of human serum albumin chemically conjugated to SN-38, solubilizing the potent chemotherapeutic. This therapy has the potential to treat many tumors with poor prognosis, including pancreatic, lung, breast, colorectal, ovarian, sarcoma, head and neck cancer, urothelial malignancies, and others.
Many solid tumors have poor prognosis despite recent progress in molecularly targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Irinotecan/CPT-11, a chemotherapy on the WHO Essential Medicines List, is approved for use in colorectal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, malignant glioma, and sa…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Williams, Terence; Lee, Robert
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Novel Natural Product Derivatives Targeting Chronic Diseases
TS-050220 — Novel natural products and derivatives thereof that exhibit potent in vitro and in vivo activity
The Need Metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes are a major health concern that have impacted hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. Current pharmaceutical therapies for type 2 diabetes have been associated with adverse reactions including weight gain and increased risk of infection, liver …
  • College: College of Pharmacy
  • Inventors: Carcache de Blanco, Esperanza; Anaya Eugenio, Gerardo David; Eggers, Nicole
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Inhibition of DGAT for the treatment of cancer
TS-049730 — Dysregulated fat metabolism is an established hallmark of cancer cells. However, the disruption of lipid homeostasis in cancer cells remains an elusive target for therapy. Tumor cells acquire abundant fats for rapid cell growth, but how they avoid toxicity from such loading is unknown. An answer t…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Guo, Deliang
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Novel epipolythiodioxopiperazine alkaloid natural product derivatives for the treatment of cancer and other diseases
TS-047118 — Analogues of verticillin with significantly improved drug-like properties, including increased solubility, absorption, and stability, while maintaining similar anticancer potency as the verticillin parent compounds.
Verticillins, which are epipolythiodioxopiperazine (ETP) alkaloids, have shown promising anticancer qualities; these fungal metabolites have exhibited high potency against a variety of tumor cell types, with IC50 values typically in the 10-500 nanomolar range. However, these compounds suffer from …
  • College: College of Pharmacy
  • Inventors: Fuchs, James; Huntsman, Andrew
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Electrophiles for Re-activation of Aged Acetylcholine Esterase
TS-044619 — Organophosphorus (OP) poisons including sarin, VX, and novichoks are lethal agents of chemical warfare. Their toxicity is due to their direct inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), an enzyme that is vital to the nervous system via regulation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). AChE in…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Hadad, Christopher; Callam, Christopher; Corrigan, Thomas; Dicken, Rachel; Dogan Ekici, Ozlem; Fitzpatrick, Keegan; Franjesevic, Andrew; McElroy, Craig; McKenney, Ryan; Muthukrishnan, Siva; Sanan, Toby; Vyas, Shubham; Yoder, Ryan; Young, Amneh "Amneh"
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

Translational Activators of the Glutamate Transporter EAAT2 to Treat Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases
TS-043938 — Small molecule technology with novel translational activation mechanism.
Glutamate is a major neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) and essential for normal brain function including cognition, memory, and learning. However, the extracellular concentration of glutamate must remain below excitotoxic levels (~ 1 μM) to avoid overstimulation of …
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Lin, Chien-Liang
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with Small Molecule IL-6/STAT3 Inhibitors
TS-038701 — Small-molecule prodrugs that target IL-6/STAT3 signaling pathway.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an unpredictable and disabling autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system, is the leading cause of non-traumatic neurological disability in young adults. There have been important advances in MS therapy, such as drugs that slow the progression of the disease a…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Yang, Yuhong; Li, Chenglong; Racke, Michael
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Targeted molecules for the treatment of cancer
TS-038027 — Novel dihdroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) small-molecule inhibitors for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, & Graft vs. Host Disease / Leukemia.
DHODH is a rate-limiting enzyme in de novo pyrimidine synthesis. Rapidly dividing cancer cells are therefore sensitive to blockade of this pathway. New research has shown DHODH inhibition can induce differentiation in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cell lines, translating to increased survival in an…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Byrd, John; Abdulrahim, Mouad; Elgamal, Ola; Goodwin, Thomas; Hertlein, Erin; Ravikumar, Pratheepa; Shah, Dimple
  • Licensing Officer: Davis, Stewart

A novel STK1-targeted small molecule as an "antibiotic resistance breaker"
TS-037880 — Inh2-B1 serves as a therapeutically important “antibiotic-resistance-breaker,” which enhances the bactericidal activity of Ceftriaxone/Cefotaxime against highly pathogenic MDRSA infection.
Highly pathogenic and multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus species encompasses methicillin-resistant strains of S. aureus (MDRSA) and S. epidermidis (MDRSE) that have developed resistance to multiple traditional antibiotics, including the 5th generation cephalosporin (Ceftaroline). Because of the re…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Pancholi, Vijay
  • Licensing Officer: Davis, Stewart

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