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Ribozymes for In Vivo Degradation of G-Nerve Agents

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
86065
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C081-108-0086
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agave BioSystems, Inc.
P.O. Box 100 Ithaca, NY 14850-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Ribozymes for In Vivo Degradation of G-Nerve Agents
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6914
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Given the possibility to administer prophylactic doses of protein bioscavengers inactivating OP nerve agents before they reach their acetylcholinesterase target, much attention has been given to proteins such as human butyrylcholinesterase and paraoxonase I. As small nucleic acid catalysts can exhibit triphosphoesterase activities, the identification of new molecules active against nerve agents would constitute a significant breakthrough for the development of a biopharmaceutical approach against OP agents, with rapid optimization of catalytic rate, stability, large-scale production, storage and formulation. In this Phase I, Agave BioSystems proposes to develop novel catalytically active oligonucleotides against G-nerve agents using high throughput selection in E. coli. The development of a high-throughput selection method in E. coli to identify novel RNA molecules able to hydrolyze nerve agents constitutes a promising and innovative approach. Unlike other methods typically used for the de novo creation of new RNA or DNA catalysts, this in vivo approach will directly identify molecules combining favorable binding and dissociation constants, as well as strong catalytic activity.

Principal Investigator:

Janet Huie
Staff Scientist
6072720002
jhuie@agavebio.com

Business Contact:

Noe Salazar
President
5126566200
nsalazar@agavebio.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AGAVE BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
P.O. Box 80010 Austin, TX 78708

EIN/Tax ID: 161551819
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No