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tPA-Nanoconstructs for Treating Acute Ischemic Stroke: a Technical and Commercial Analysis

Descrizione del progetto

Una nanotecnologia per la gestione dell’ictus

L’ictus rappresenta un grande onere socioeconomico che colpisce milioni di individui in tutto il mondo ed è generalmente causato da coaguli di sangue. Le attuali opzioni di trattamento includono la dissoluzione dei coaguli attraverso l’attivatore tissutale del plasminogeno (trombolisi) o la rimozione fisica del coagulo (trombectomia). L’obiettivo del progetto RESOLVE, finanziato dall’UE, consiste nel migliorare la gestione e l’efficacia dell’attivatore tissutale del plasminogeno incapsulandolo in nanostrutture ben caratterizzate. Questo approccio dispone di un profilo più sicuro e migliora la circolazione e l’attività del farmaco trombolitico. I ricercatori stanno inoltre lavorando per potenziare la biodegradazione e il profilo di rilascio di queste nanostrutture, aprendo la strada a una strategia migliore per la gestione degli ictus.

Obiettivo

Acute ischemic strokes result from the occlusion of cerebral vessels by blood clots causing neurological complications, brain damage and death. Based on WHO reports, stroke affects 17M people per year worldwide, with 6M deaths and 5M survivors suffering long-lasting disabilities. Recent statistics estimate an EU direct healthcare cost for stroke of €20B and indirect costs, due to disabilities and lost productivity, of €25B. The two current treatments – thrombolysis and thrombectomy – come with limitations and considerable side effects. Thrombolysis can be safely administered only to a small cohort of patients (about 5%) whereas thrombectomy induces disabilities in 50% of the cases. Moved by the societal, economical, and emotional burden associated with stroke, this proposal aims at developing and validating more effective and less toxic therapies via the combination of the clinically approved molecule tPA and rationally-designed, discoidal polymeric nanoconstructs (DPNs). As compared to tPA, the proposed thrombolytic nano-agents (tPA-DPNs) are expected to provide faster blood clot dissolution; safer administration profile; longer blood circulation and stability. On the technical side, tPA-DPNs will be re-designed to improve their biodegradation and excretion profiles; validated in FDA-recognized stroke models for neurotoxicity and therapeutic efficacy. On the commercial side, a patent portfolio covering the fabrication and utilization of tPA-DPNs will be secured, together with thorough market and business analyses. This will facilitate the interaction with pharmaceutical companies that are investing in the fast growing markets of high-tech drug delivery systems and stroke diagnostics and therapies. tPA-DPNs are expected to alleviate the economic burden on healthcare systems, increase the total sale of thrombolytic agents, revolutionize the medical protocols for stroke management, and diminish the societal and emotional impact of stroke.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Istituzione ospitante

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 150 000,00
Indirizzo
VIA MOREGO 30
16163 Genova
Italia

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Regione
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 150 000,00

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