Improved Molecular Function Screening with Chimeric Minimotif Decoys



Improved Molecular Function Screening with Chimeric Minimotif Decoys


Invention Summary

High-throughput screening is a widely used process for drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. Chimeric minimotif decoys (CMDs) are a revolutionary new tool that enables these screens to identify known molecular functions within cellular processes. By cross-referencing results of a CMD screen with a database of some 300,000 peptide snippets (called minimotifs), this novel process helps identify and test strategies for molecular disruption. With this new type of high-throughput screen able to consider millions of possibilities simultaneously, comprehensive testing that previously might have taken 3 to 5 years now requires only 3 to 5 days. The process has already shown success in disabling the HIV virus before it can infect healthy cells and replicate.


Market Opportunity

Molecular diagnostics is a growing industry projected to be worth $22.1 billion by 2020. This new process could save pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars in research costs by helping them more efficiently target testing strategies in the development of life-saving drugs. As a screening tool, the technology advances any discipline conducting biological experiments, and has applications in medicine, agriculture, forensics, and national defense.


Features and Benefits

• Simultaneously tests millions of genetic peptide combinations


• Reduces time required for comprehensive molecular function screening from years to days


• Shown to block HIV replication and ability to infect healthy cells


• Promising early results for applicability fighting other pathogens


• Lab awarded $400,000 grant from National Institute of Health to fund further CMD research



Intellectual Property        Patent filed

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For Information, Contact:
Christina Schmitt
Licensing Associate Health Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Martin Schiller
Christy Strong
Health & Life Sciences
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