Leucine Zipper-bearing Kinase (LZK) -Targeting Degraders and Methods of Use

Leucine Zipper-bearing Kinase (LZK) has been identified as a novel therapeutic target in squamous cell carcinomas with 50% of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and lung squamous cell carcinomas (LSCC) patients showing amplifications or gains in LZK expression. Identifying successful therapies for the treatment of HNSCC or LSCC remains a significant unmet medical need. 

Inhibition of T Cell Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) ex vivo Enhances the Anti-tumor Efficacy of Adoptive T Cell Therapy

Adoptive T cell therapy (ACT) with tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL), T cell receptor (TCR) and Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) engineered T cells, or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, is a promising new approach to cancer treatment. ACT harnesses an individual's adaptive immune system to fight against cancer, with fewer side-effects and more specific anti-tumor activity. Despite their promise of ACT as curative, these therapies are often limited by the persistence and robustness of the responses of the T cells to the cancer cells.

Topical Sodium Nitrate Ointment for Sickle Cell Disease

Chronic leg ulcers are a debilitating vasculopathic complication for some patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Prevalence of leg ulcers varies based on age and geographic location; about 5-10% of all SCD patients may suffer leg ulcers. These leg ulcers are painful, result in infections, hospitalization, disability, and negatively impact the patient’s social and psychological wellbeing on an ongoing basis.

89Zr-Oxine Complex for In Vivo PET Imaging of Labelled Cells and Associated Methods

This technology from the NCI Molecular Imaging Program relates to a Zirconium-89 (89Zr)-oxine complex for cell labeling, tracking of labeled cells by whole-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging, and associated methods. A long half-life of 89Zr (78.4 hours), high sensitivity of PET, and absence of background signal in the recipient enable tracking cells over a week using low levels of labeling radioactivity without causing cellular toxicity.

Zirconium-89 PET Imaging Agents for Direct-Labeling of Cells

The imaging capabilities enabled by this technology may significantly improve cell therapies, cell level diagnostics and aid research for non-cell based therapies. It is not limited by high background activity and cell toxicity. Zirconium-89 (89Zr) has a half-life of 78.4 hours, compared to fluorine (18F), the most commonly used PET isotope with a half-life of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Contrast Agent Enhancement of Chemical Exchange Dependent Saturation Transfer (CEDST) MRI

Available for licensing is an MRI image improving system wherein at least one contrast agent is administered to a subject in amounts effective to perform chemical exchange dependent saturation transfer (CEDST) MRI analysis.

Examples of contrast agents suitable for administration as exogenous contrast agents include at least one functional group bearing a proton capable of chemical exchange. Examples of these functional groups include, without limitation, amides, amines, and carboxyl, hydroxyl, and sulfhydryl groups.

Novel Method of Fat Suppression in Steady State Free Precession (SSFP) Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Available for licensing is a technique for improving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that employs steady state free precession (SSFP). One such technique, fast imaging with steady-state free precession (FISP), is a well established and is a fast MR imaging method commonly used to evaluate cardiovascular anatomy and function. FISP provides high signal to noise ratio (SNR) images with excellent contrast between blood and the myocardium. However, these images are often contaminated with high signal from fatty tissue resulting in image artifacts.

Cannula for Pressure Mediated Drug Delivery

Available for licensing are methods and devices for selectively delivering therapeutic substances to specific histological or microanatomical areas of organs (e.g., introduction of the therapeutic substance into a hollow organ space such as the hepatobiliary duct or the gallbladder lumen) at a controlled pressure, volume and/or rate which allows the substance to reach a predetermined cellular layer.

IL-21 Critically Regulates Immunoglobulin Production

The invention includes a mouse in which the IL-21 receptor gene is disrupted by homologous recombination, the disruption being sufficient to prevent expression of the IL-21 receptor and thus to inhibit the action of IL-21. The invention also includes a mouse in which both the IL-21 receptor gene and the IL-4 gene are simultaneously disrupted in fashions being sufficient to inhibit the action of IL-21 and the production of IL-4. In a homozygous state, these mutations produce a mouse that has diminished B cell function.