Investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) have identified novel methods to treat the orphan disease, Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) by repurposing existing drugs that were selected from a comprehensive compound screen. NCI researchers seek co-development partners and/or licensees for this invention.
IFN-gamma and IL-10 are cytokine signaling molecules that play fundamental roles in inflammation, cancer growth and autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately, there are no specific inhibitors of IFN-gamma or IL-10 on the market to date. The National Cancer Institute seeks parties interested in licensing or collaborative research to co-develop selective IL-10 and IFN-gamma peptide inhibitors.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) RNA Biology Laboratory have developed nanoparticles that can deliver an agent (i.e., therapeutic or imaging) and release the agent upon targeted photoactivation allowing for controlled temporal and localized release of the agent.
Currently available topical antibiotic formulations effectively eliminate bacteria at a wound site. Eliminating bacteria in the wound also eliminates the molecular signals present in bacterial DNA that stimulate the immune system's wound healing processes. Without these signals, the rate of wound healing is diminished. The National Cancer Institute Laboratory of Experimental Immunology seeks parties interested in licensing or collaborative research to further co-develop a topical antibiotic formulation to accelerate wound healing.