A device containing immobilized chelator to remove aluminum from TPN solutions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R41HD055009-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: HD055009
Amount: $99,646.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 623014201
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (859) 257-4855
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): A high percentage of the ~ 470,000 children born prematurely each year in the US require intravenous feeding after birth because they do not tolerate oral feeding. This is accomplished with a total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solution, which is prepared from component solutions: small and large volume parenterals (SVPs and LVPs). Aluminum (Al) is a common contaminant in some SVPs, particularly calcium gluconate solution. Excessive Al can produce toxicity to the skeletal s ystem and brain. The potential for Al toxicity is significantly greater in humans, such as premature infants, who have reduced renal function, because the kidneys excrete Al. Medical personnel who care for neonates have suggested for years that the Al in t hese solutions needs to be greatly decreased to avoid Al-induced toxicity. The FDA implemented a labeling requirement for these component solutions that sets a maximum Al concentration in LVPs and requires a statement of the maximum Al concentration in SVP s. This merely documents estimated maximum Al concentration. It is not the actual Al concentration nor does this reduce the Al in SVPs. Based on prior work to develop new chemicals that bind Al (chelators), the long-term objective is to develop a flow-thro ugh filter device containing a chelator that is immobilized on small polymer beads to remove Al from solutions. Based on results obtained using computational chemistry, which predicted the strength of binding of novel immobilized chelators with Al, it is p roposed to synthesize 3 new chelators which are predicted to be effective in this application, and to synthesize 1 of these new chelators with 3 different tethers, that link it to a resin bead (creating immobilized chelators). These novel chelators will th en be characterized to determine their stability constants with Al and their rate and efficiency to complex Al when introduced in Ca gluconate solution. It is proposed to load this immobilized chelator into a filter cartridge that can be used to remove Al from the SVP solutions as they are dispensed through the cartridge from the SVP storage bottles into the final TPN solution. Project Narrative: The proposed work will develop new chemicals (chelators) that can be put into a medical device to remove a toxic contaminant, aluminum (Al), from intravenous solutions. This will remove the potential for Al to produce toxicity to premature infants and other patients who are exposed to Al through intravenous fluids, solving a decades-old problem that has escap ed resolution to date.

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