Lumera Reaches Agreement with the Medical University of South Carolina; MUSC and Lumera Sign Codevelopment Contract to Build Protein Array; MUSC Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase Protein Reader
"Our agreement with MUSC represents a significant milestone for our Bioscience division," said Lumera CEO Tom Mino. "We believe the researchers at MUSC are truly innovative in their approach to developing next generation toxicology methods aimed at speeding up the drug discovery process. We see great potential for the jointly developed intellectual property."
“With the combined power of Lumera's ProteomicProcessor(TM) and NanoCapture(TM) HPT technologies, we feel as though we can catapult our research in mitochondrial biology to the forefront of the drug toxicology screening arena.”
Lumera's NanoCapture(TM) HPT technology is a proprietary surface coating and related methods, which allows proteins to be bound to a surface and remain biologically active. "In the emerging field of protein arrays, no standard has been created for attaching proteins to a chip. We believe that with our HPT technology, we are going to be able to define the standard," said Ron Dudek, Lumera's Bioscience Product Group Manager.
"Lumera's approach is entirely unique," said Dr. Craig Beeson, Associate Professor in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at MUSC. "With the combined power of Lumera's ProteomicProcessor(TM) and NanoCapture(TM) HPT technologies, we feel as though we can catapult our research in mitochondrial biology to the forefront of the drug toxicology screening arena."
According to market research firm Business Communications Company, Inc., the U.S. market for in vitro toxicology is currently estimated at $1.1 billion. Forecasted to grow at an average annual growth rate of 12.1%, this market is expected to reach $1.96 billion by 2007.
Although financial terms were not disclosed, under this agreement, Lumera retains rights to commercialize all jointly developed intellectual property.
The Medical University of South Carolina's mission is to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond. MUSC is the core of the state's largest medical complex, its only tertiary/quaternary care referral center, and its only free-standing academic health center. The university offers a full range of programs in the biomedical and health sciences serving as a setting for clinical research, contributing financial, facility and intellectual resources to conduct research, and providing opportunity for appropriate participation of hospital patients in research and treatment protocols. MUSC is listed by the National Science Foundation as one of the top 100 universities and colleges in the nation for garnering federal dollars for science and engineering.
Lumera is an emerging leader in the field of nanotechnology. The company designs proprietary molecular structures and polymer compounds for a broad range of bioscience, electro-optic, and specialty nanotechnology applications. The company also has developed proprietary processes for fabricating such devices. For more information, please visit http://www.lumera.com/.
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