It is well known that overactive Ras signaling is linked to many forms of cancer, and despite intensive efforts worldwide to develop effective inhibitors of Ras, to date there is no anti-Ras inhibitor in clinical use.
Researchers at the NCI’s Cancer and Inflammation Program, in collaboration with scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois in Chicago, have identified a number of small peptidomimetic compounds that bind to Ras proteins with nanomolar affinity. NCI’s Cancer and Inflammation Program seeks partners interested in licensing or co-development of synthetic, highly potent cell-permeable inhibitors of Ras that bind to the protein directly.
Increased cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) activity has recently emerged as a contributor to cancer progression. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have shown that TP5, a small peptide inhibitor of CDK5 modified to facilitate passage through the blood brain barrier (BBB), has potential therapeutic benefit in glioblastoma (GBM) and colorectal carcinoma (CRC). NCI is seeking parties interested in co-developing and/or licensing TP5 for its use in the treatment of cancers with aberrant CDK5 expression as a mono-therapy or in an adjuvant setting with current standard-of-care.
The NCI Radiation Oncology Branch and the NHLBI Laboratory of Single Molecule Biophysics seek parties to co-develop fluorescent nanodiamonds for use as in vivo and in vitro optical tracking probes toward commercialization.
Scientists at the National Cancer Institute's Surgery Branch developed a method to identify T cells that specifically recognize immunogenic mutations expressed only by cancer cells. The NCI seeks parties interested in collaborative research to co-develop or license T-cell therapy against cancer mutations.
Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed an embryo culture chamber, which can be used to culture and image embryos. The chamber allows for the continuous imaging of the embryo for the culture period. NEI seeks research collaborations and/or licensees for the development of this culture and imaging chamber for murine embryos.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) seeks research partners, co-development partners, and/or licensees for hydrogels that can be used in tissue repair. Gels typically exhibit a decrease in mechanical strength (e.g., elastic modulus) upon swelling of the particles. The gels of this technology, however, exhibit an increase in mechanical strength upon swelling. The gels are comprised of a crosslinked polymer matrix dispersed in a crosslinked polymer matrix.
Scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have developed novel dopamine D3 receptor (D3R) agonists with high affinity and selectivity. Two lead compounds, 53 and eutomer 53a, have demonstrated significantly higher D3R binding selectivity than reference compounds. Moreover, 53 and 53a showed metabolic stability in liver microsomes, which is favorable for the future use of these compounds as therapeutic agents for diseases related to dopamine system dysregulation such as Parkinson’s Disease and Restless Legs Syndrome. Researchers at NIDA seek licensing and/or co-development research collaborations for the use of these D3R agonists as molecular tools for the study of D3R physiology and as potential therapeutics to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.