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Stabilization of Therapeutic Peptides by Non-Perturbative Chemical Modification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41DK103548-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41DK103548
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDDK
Solicitation Number: PA13-235
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 KRISHNA KUMAR
 (617) 627-5651
 krishna.kumar@tufts.edu
Business Contact
 VITTORIO MONTANARI
Phone: (617) 564-3586
Email: info@veraquel.com
Research Institution
 TUFTS UNIVERSITY MEDFORD
 
TUFTS UNIVERSITY 20 Professors Row
MEDFORD, MA 02155-5807
United States

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 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Type 2 diabetes is a particularly debilitating disease and is endemic for a large proportion of the world's population. The unmet challenges in disease management are the lack of long-term efficacy in reducing hyperglycemia and the inability to stop progression. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a natural gut hormone, provides a platform for therapeutics to combat the disease. Peptides in general have potent and selective biological activities, making them highly desirable as therapeutics, but a major obstacle to more widespread use in medicine is limited proteolytic stability. The high potency of GLP-1 itself is nullified by a half-life of less than 2 min after injection. Our laboratory has been developing GLP 1 analogswith enhanced proteolytic stability for several years: we have now discovered that a simple N-terminal modification, designed to deliver large stability enhancements, preserves binding and activity of GLP-1 in cell- based assays. Historically, gains i

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