VIRACORE PSEUDOTYPE PRODUCTION OPTIMIZATION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43GM064924-01
Agency Tracking Number: GM064924
Amount: $94,374.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
INTEGRAL MOLECULAR
INTEGRAL MOLECULAR, 3701 MARKET ST, STE 340, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 19104
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BENJAMIN DORANZ
 (215) 966-6018
 BDORANZ@INTEGRAMOLECULAR.COM
Business Contact
 BENJAMIN DORANZ
Phone: (215) 966-6018
Email: BDORANZ@YAHOO.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ViraCore's technology uses a biosensor-based technique that is capable of identifying, measuring, and characterizing drug interactions with membrane-bound receptors, a protein family targeted by 50 percent of the world's drugs. Membrane receptors such as G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are difficult to study because they require a lipid environment for native structure, each protein requires optimization, and only high affinity interactions can be measured. We use retrovirus pseudotype particles to present complex membrane proteins on a biosensor surface. We have developed a prototype of the technology, we have proven that it works, we have published the results in a top-tier scientific journal, and we are now extending its use to drug discovery. We have previously collaborated with several major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies that have now expressed interest in the commercial use of the technology. The goal of our proposal is to: - Optimize conditions needed for efficient incorporation of GPCRs into retrovirus particles - Optimize conditions needed to produce large quantities of retrovirus particles - Explore the range of protein types that can be incorporated into retrovirus particles

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