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Nov 3, 2010

More Reports on Awards under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program

  • Over the last couple of days, companies have been reporting on awards received under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program. The IRS in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, approved applications for projects that showed significant potential to produce new and cost-saving therapies, support jobs, and increase U.S. competitiveness.

    Under the program, a total amount of $1 billion was allocated for credits and grants with a $5 million limit per each eligible applicant. The full list of companies receiving these awards can be found at http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=228690,00.html.

    Here are details for a few more companies:

    Acceleron Pharma received five grants totaling $1,222,396.25: ACE-031 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, ACE-536 for myelodysplastic syndrome, ACE-435, ACE-011 for anemia, and ACE-041 for advanced solid tumors, multiple myeloma, and age-related macular degeneration.

    Aestus Therapeutics received one grant of $244,000: chronic neuropathic pain drug development.

    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals received five grants totaling $1,064,297.89: four grants of $244,479.25 each were given to peramivir for influenza, BCX4208 for gout, forodesine for CLL and CTCL, and JAK inhibitor programs in psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, and multiple sclerosis. One grant of $86,380.89 was awarded to BCX4161 for hereditary angiodema.

    Biodel received five grants totaling $1,222,396.25: Linjeta, VIAtab, smart basal, glucagon, and glargine.

    Cardium Therapeutics received one grant of $244,479.25: Generx for advanced coronary artery disease.

    Celsion received one grant of $244,479.25: Thermodox for primary liver cancer and recurrent chest wall breast cancer.

    Cerus received two grants totaling $488,958.50: Intercept Blood System for platelets and red blood cells.

    Charleston Laboratories received one grant of $244,479.25: CL-108 for moderate-to-severe pain.

    CorMedix received two grants totaling $488,959.50: Neutrolin and Deferiprone.

    Curis received two grants totaling $488,958.50: CUDC-101 and pipeline small molecules for cancer treatment.

    Derma Sciences received one grant of $244,479.25: DSC127 for tissue repair.

    Dicerna Pharmaceuticals received two grants totaling $488,958.50: Dicer Substrate Technology and DsiRNA molecules for the treatment of cancer.

    DNA Medicine Institute received a grant of $222,999: Universal Blood Sensor.

    Enzon Pharmaceuticals received five grants totaling $1,222,396.25: PEG-SN38, mRNA antagonist for HIF-1 alpha, Survivin, Androgen Receptor, and HER3.

    Etubics received one grant of $244,479.25: CEA-expressing adenovirus as a colon cancer therapeutic vaccine.

    GTx received five grants totaling $1,222,396.25: ALK inhibition therapy, Toremifene 20 mg, Ostarine, GTx-758, Toremifene 80 mg, which are all being developed for cancer and cancer supportive care.

    Health Discovery received a grant of $244,479.25: SVM and RFE-SVM technology.

    Icagen received three grants totaling $733,000: Selective sodium channel drugs to treat chronic pain, KCNQ agonists for epilepsy and pain, and TRPA1 drugs for inflammatory pain.

    Inviragen received two grants totaling $488,958.50: Vaccines against dengue and chikungunya viruses.

    InVivo Therapeutics received a grant of $244,000: biocompatible polymer scaffolding device designed for implantation into a lesion to treat acute open-wound SCI.

    Light Sciences Oncology received two grants totaling $488,958.50: Aptocine for treatment of primary and secondary liver tumors and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

    Lipocine received four grants totaling $977,917: hormone replacement therapy, high-risk pregnancy support, oral treatment of progressive glioblastoma multiforme, and opioid-resistant cough in advanced cancer patients.

    Molecular Detection received a grant of $244,479.25: Detect-Ready panel that detects carriers of MRSA and related pathogens.

    Neoprobe received a grant of $244,479.25: Lymphoseek.

    Omeros received eight grants of uneven amounts totaling $1,723,086.51: PDE7 for Parkinson disease; addiction treatment; therapies for osteoarthritis and the protection of articular cartilage; drugs to treat pain, inflammation, and spasm of the urinary tract; MASP-2 MoAb for traumatic injury; medications for schizophrenia; intracameral OMS302 to maintain intraoperative mydriasis and reduce pain and inflammation; and products to improve function and reduce pain after arthroscopic surgery.

    OncoMed Pharmaceuticals received five grants totaling $1,222,396.25: OMP-21M18, OMP-59R5, novel antibodies, Wnt pathway inhibitors, and drugs targeting the Wnt pathway in cancer stem cells, all for the treatment of cancer.

    PolyMedix received two cash grants totaling $488,958.50: PMX-30063 for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by Staph and PMX-60056 in percutaneous coronary intervention patients.

    pSivida received two cash grants totaling $488,958.50: research on new generations of the company’s drug delivery technologies targeting ophthalmic diseases.

    Quanterix received three grants totaling $733,437.75: Diagnostics developed on the Single Molecule Array (SiMoA) for prostate cancer, Alzheimer disease, and Crohn disease.

    Regulus Therapeutics received two cash grants totaling $488,958.50: miRNA therapeutics for HCV and fibrosis.

    Sangamo BioSciences received four grants totaling $977,917: SB-509 for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, SB-509 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, SB-728-T for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and SB-313-xTZ for recurrent or refractory glioblastoma multiforme.

    Sea Lane Biotechnologies received six grants totaling $1.5 million: Surrobody™ therapeutic candidates and influenza antibodies. 

    Soligenix received a grant of $244,479.25: orBec in acute gastrointestinal graft vs. host disease.

    Somaxon Pharmaceuticals received a grant of $244,479.25: Silenor.

    Spectrum Pharmaceuticals received four grants totaling $977,917: RenaZorb for hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease and anticancer agents Zevalin, Apaziquone, and Belinostat.

    Spherix received two grants totaling $469,478.50: triglycerides.

    StemCells received four grants totaling $977,917: HuCNS-SC for diseases and disorders affecting the brain, the spinal cord, and the eye as well as hLEC human liver engrafting cells.

    Synergenz BioScience received one grant of $94,836: Respiragene, a genetic-based test for lung cancer predisposition.

    Telik received five grants totaling $1,222,396.25: Telintra in severe chronic neutropenia, Telcyta for refractory lymphoma and multiple myeloma, Telintra in low-to-intermediate-1 risk myelodysplastic syndrome, Telintra and Revlimid in myelodysplastic syndrome, and aurora and VEGFR kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer.

    Threshold Pharmaceuticals received two grants totaling $488,958.50: TH-302 for the treatment of cancer, and the company’s hypoxia-activated prodrug technology platform for drug discovery.

    Xoft received two grants totaling $469,478.50: electronic brachytherapy for the treatment of breast cancer and gynecological cancers.

    Zalicus receive a grant of $244,479.25: Synavive for immunoinflammatory diseases.

    Ziopharm Oncology received three grants totaling $733,437.75: Indibulin, Palifosfamide, and Darinaparsin, all for the treatment of cancer.


Readers' Comments

Posted 11/03/2010 by Keegan Hall

<p><span>Emergent Detection was awarded a $229,900 Therapeutic Discovery Project Grant for it’s health product, BodyKey.  www.EmergentDetection.com</span>

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