First Project: New anti-metastatic drug
Since cancer is the second cause of death worlwide, there is an urgent need for more effective and personalized treatments of tumors.
Metastasis development is the main cause of patient death in most tumor types but the control of metastasis in cancer is still an unmet medical need. The current surgery-based approaches and conventional chemotherapy can be enhanced using new technologies.
Our first project is a self-assembling protein nanoparticle that selectively kills metastatic cells. This nanoconjugate targets CXCR4 receptors which are over-expressed in metastatic cells of many types of cáncer.
Preclinical results look very promising: in vivo results show that our drug-loaded nanoconjugate accumulates in primary tumor and metastatic foci with negible presence in liver, kidney, brain or other organs. The result is a significant decrease of the number of metastatic foci and very low toxicity on normal cells.
Our focus now is to complete preclinical development in order to obtain approval for first-in-human trial.