A research and drug development tool for the real time in vitro study of single c

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44GM084520-03
Agency Tracking Number: R44GM084520
Amount: $1,263,921.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 100
Solicitation Number: PA12-088
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-09-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-31
Small Business Information
11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL, 33199-2516
DUNS: 132396602
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 ANGELO GAITAS
 (734) 913-2608
 angelo@picocal.com
Business Contact
 ANGELO GAITAS
Phone: (734) 913-2608
Email: angelo@picocal.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

DESCRIPTION In this SBIR Phase II PicoCal will develop a high throughput apparatus to measure changes in cell adhesion at the level of individual receptor ligand interactions in real time This tool finds critical applications in research and drug development and would allow researchers to study and manipulate adhesion by bioactive compounds to promote or inhibit physiological processes There is a significant industrial and scientific need to detect changes that can be induced by chemokines or other highly bioactive compounds in order to elucidate the different pathways of signaling mechanisms within a cell and to screen for new key compounds interfering with such pathways These findings may help to develop new therapies for cancer arteriosclerosis and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis In research and drug development scientists have to study thousands of compounds to determine if a compound activates or inhibits adhesion In addition many diseases such as cancer are complex and require testing multiple analytes and new key compounds for accurate drug development and treatment There is a need for new tools in drug development to identify bio active compounds that inhibit or promote adhesion or modulate subtle changes in receptor affinity The instrument can also aid researchers in studying the mechanisms of cell adhesion changes such as in tumor promotion and organ specific metastasis Key research and pharmaceutical applications include leukocyte and hematopoietic stem cell adhesion to blood vessels as well as to other cells bone marrow niche or to extracellular matrix ECM proteins platelet adhesion bacteria and micro organism adhesion bio fouling PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE PicoCal Inc will develop an apparatus that finds critical applications in research and drug development The instrument can aid researchers in studying the mechanisms of cancer metastasis atherosclerotic coronary artery disease and bacteria and micro organism adhesion bio fouling among others These findings may help develop new therapies for cancer arteriosclerosis and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis

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