Tumors survive cancer therapy in part by blocking the entrance and permeation of drugs into the cancer. We have developed a therapeutic, "JO-1", that selectively opens up tumors, which dramatically enhances penetration. This results in markedly increased concentrations of cancer drugs in the tumor, which becomes a "sink", thereby reducing drug levels in the rest of the body. JO-1 may allow doctors to treat patients with cancer drugs at increased doses, which directly correlates with enhanced therapeutic effects. At the same time, it could reduce or eliminate the side effects of cancer therapy and address one of the major needs of the current state-of-the- art: Developing therapies that are both more effective and less toxic. Importantly, JO-1 can be used to improve clinical outcomes with cancer drugs that are already on the market as well as the next generation of cancer drugs. The goal of this proposal is to develop and test a new Targeted / Enhancing Conjugate ("TEC") of a tumor-targeting tight junction opener with a chemotherapeutic agent. The targeting and enhancing construct (1) Will be targeted to tumors (2) Will open the tumor microenvironment (3) Will therefore allow for dramatic levels of drug accumulation (4) Will result in increased killing of tumor cells and improved clinical efficacy We will do this research in two straightforward steps: we will first produce JO-1 / nab-paclitaxel (a chemotherapy drug) conjugates and then we will test the conjugates for enhanced therapeutic efficacy in an animal model of ovarian cancer. If we are successful, we will further move this new type of therapy towards clinical testing in humans.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR) - Phase I (R43)
Project #
1R43CA183379-01
Application #
8647718
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-OTC-T (12))
Program Officer
Evans, Gregory
Project Start
2014-09-23
Project End
2015-04-22
Budget Start
2014-09-23
Budget End
2015-04-22
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$191,159
Indirect Cost
Name
Pai Life Sciences, Inc.
Department
Type
DUNS #
148051621
City
Seattle
State
WA
Country
United States
Zip Code
98102