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Developing a Diagnostic Blood Test for Sarcoidosis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41HL129728-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41HL129728
Amount: $227,280.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NHLBI
Solicitation Number: PA16-335
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-07-31
Small Business Information
Princeton, NJ 08542-3754
United States
DUNS: 079595855
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (410) 750-9441
Business Contact
Phone: (609) 781-0684
Research Institution
BALTIMORE, MD 21287-0005
United States

 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant SARCOIDOSIS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING LLC is a medical diagnostics company developing a diagnostic blood test for sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder that affects per people per year in the U S and disproportionately affects African Americans and women Sarcoidosis can lead to advanced pulmonary fibrosis pulmonary hypertension heart failure sudden cardiac death and devastating neurologic disease Thus sarcoidosis represents a significant health problem and health disparity concern Because sarcoidosis can affect any or multiple organs sarcoidosis must be differentiated from many other inflammatory infectious or immunologic diseases and cancer A consensus in the medical community is that there is no useful blood test or other easy way to diagnose sarcoidosis a diagnosis requires biopsy confirmation often by lung or lymph node biopsy with its attendant risks and costs The costs involved with diagnosing sarcoidosis have not been published but estimates could exceed $ million each year The need for a safer cost effective diagnostic blood test for sarcoidosis is clear This Phase I application proposes to continue the development of a promising diagnostic blood test for sarcoidosis initially developed with funding from a Centers for Advanced Diagnostics and Experimental Therapeutics in Lung Diseases Stage I CADET I award to Johns Hopkins University This diagnostic blood test is based on the discovery of a specific microbial protein mycobacterial catalase peroxidase mKatG that stimulates the immune system in most patients with sarcoidosis This test uses mKatG and other microbial proteins to stimulate release of the inflammatory chemical interferon from blood cells to predict sarcoidosis To date our proposed blood test has a sensitivity of a specificity of and a positive predictive value of With these promising results we propose to further develop this test by optimizing test characteristics for different subgroups with sarcoidosis and to establish the reliability and operating range of laboratory procedures for this test In this Phase I proposal we will also develop a commercial prototype diagnostic kit to test the feasibility of deploying the test in different geographic centers Finally we will establish a marketing approval process with the FDA and complete a framework for a prospective multicenter study to validate this test as part of a Phase II application If successfully validated in Phase II studies the test could have a transformative impact on how clinicians diagnose sarcoidosis given the absence of an alternative safe and cost effective test Such a test would have a high potential for commercial application and with widespread use could result in considerable cost savings to the U S healthcare system PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Sarcoidosis is a disease characterized by inflammatory nodules called granulomas that affect the lungs in over of people but can involve any part of the body There are no diagnostic tests for sarcoidosis except for biopsies of affected organs which have considerable risks and cost These studies will advance the development of a simple diagnostic blood test for sarcoidosis that could potentially save individuals from unnecessary procedures while significantly reducing health care costs

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