TUCSON, Ariz., May 1, 2018/PRNewswire/—Icagen, Inc., a company focused on the discovery of innovative therapies to treat patients with serious diseases, today announces an award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The project is focused on the discovery of therapeutics to treat patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) caused by nonsense mutations.
The CF Foundation brings extensive resources and expertise to the project and, additionally, has awarded Icagen up to USD $11 million to support an integrated, multi-year drug discovery initiative. Icagen expects to screen over 2 million compounds as well as leverage its state-of-the-art in silico drug discovery platform to interrogate an additional ten million virtual structures for molecules that suppress nonsense mutations. Through these efforts, Icagen intends to discover and evolve families of molecules that are suitable for clinical development.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease marked by defects in a protein, known as the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein. Nonsense mutations in the CFTR gene result in the premature termination of protein synthesis and the formation of truncated, non-functional CFTR. Patients with these mutations in both copies of their CFTR genes currently have no therapies that treat the underlying cause of their disease. The aim of this program is to provide these patients with a transformative therapeutic that will markedly improve their quality of life and lifespan.
"We are excited to collaborate with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to seek the discovery of life-transforming therapies for people with CF through this unique model. Icagen's innovative platform is built for programs such as these to discover and advance novel therapeutic candidates for clinical development," said Richie Cunningham, President and CEO of Icagen.
Richard Cunningham, CEO and President. Richie Cunningham brings over 17 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry in various leadership roles including strategy, contracting, marketing and sales, as well as leading various integrations and business development activities. His experience includes the commercialization and launch of multiple products in the Infectious Disease, Dermatology, Oncology, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Diabetes therapeutic areas.
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