High-throughput Direct Structural Screening for Drug Lead Compounds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-06-C-0403
Agency Tracking Number: A064-032-0110
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T032
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CALDERA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
3491 Trinity Drive, Suite B, Los Alamos, NM, 87544
DUNS: 147452275
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Warner
 (505) 412-2345
 warner@caldera-pharmaceuticals.com
Business Contact
 Benjamin Warner
Title: CEO
Phone: (505) 412-2345
Email: warner@caldera-pharmaceuticals.com
Research Institution
 LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY
 Christy Ruggiero
 Mail Stop J514
Los Alamos, NM, 87545
 (505) 667-8457
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
U.S. Government personnel deployed in tropical and neotropical regions continue to be at risk for developing malaria. Drug resistant malaria parasites are becoming more common in these areas, increasing the risk of American personnel developing a serious, life-threatening disease. Cross resistance between drugs is becoming much more common. Due to the emergence of drug resistance, derivates of known anti-malarial drug classes are not long term solutions. Faced with the realities of the malaria threat, novel, unbiased technologies are required to prime the drug discovery programs. High-throughput techniques for lead compound generation are well known, but these techniques tend to be too expensive for use on tropical diseases, which do not affect rich populations. New techniques to bring down the costs are required. A method for measuring small molecules and molecule fragments will make tropical disease cures more affordable, and therefore allow the possibility of cures. This project will demonstrate the ability to of X-ray techniques to detect the interactions of cycloguanil, a known dihydrofolate reductase inhibitor, with wild-type and quadruple mutant P. falciparium DHFR-TS. This project will demonstrate automated x-ray data collection and processing to demonstrate the complete direct screening technology package.

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