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Biofactory: a scalable and novel alternative to produce a lowering hypercholesteremia risk peptide

Grant number: 22/08580-5
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: September 01, 2022 - August 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biochemistry
Principal Investigator:Aruã Mastrangelo Prudenciatti
Grantee:Aruã Mastrangelo Prudenciatti
Host Company:Mastrangelo Ferreira e Ribeiro Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento Ltda
CNAE: Pesquisa e desenvolvimento experimental em ciências físicas e naturais
City: Botucatu
Associated research grant:20/00013-9 - Biofactory: a scalable and novel alternative to produce a lowering hypercholesteremia risk peptide, AP.PIPE
Associated scholarship(s):22/12514-8 - Biofactory: a scalable alternative of peptide production to reduce the risks of high cholesterol, BP.PIPE


In agreement with worldwide initiatives to solve this pain by pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis and AstraZeneca, we aim to promote an alternative therapy for hypercholesterolemia. During phase 1 of this project, we developed peptide analogues (tELH6A and tELH6A) in Homologous modeling to domain A of growth factor precursor homology epidermal (EGF-A) of the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDL-R) to act as a proprotein convertase inhibitor subtilisin/Kexin type 9 (PCSK9) agent responsible for dysregulation and the consequent increase in plasma LDL-C. The peptides developed were optimized through bioinformatics to 1. provide resistance to proteases; 2. detain stability increased serum; 3. Possibility of oral drug abuse. Secretory clones of the peptides of interest in bacteria and tomato plants cv. M82. milestones were reached purification, proteomic evaluations and cellular toxicity analyses. After validating with 47 market players - doctors, patients, investment funds and pharmaceuticals and signing of term sheet - the necessary technological milestones were determined so that the follow-up development would result in a proof of concept robust enough to enable the gains on investments from other funds and technology transfer conversations with the industry. In hands with this market opportunity and aware of the pain of these doctors and patients, this phase 2 is proposed to reach the milestones of a. optimize expression in organisms family members to the pharmaceutical industry; B. successfully purify the peptides of interest c. accomplish in vitro bioactivity analyzes such as tissue penetrability, affinity against the target molecular (effectiveness) and cellular toxicity (safety) and c. to evaluate in vivo oral absorption and effectiveness via oral and intravenous administration in mice. The results, if positive, can enable us to serve a market valued at US$17 billion and a CAGR of 17.6% per year. Year. The study will be conducted at Crop® Biotechnology in partnership with the State University Paulista (UNESP). Crop® is a daughter company of UNESP, incorporated in PIPE I - FAPESP, provider of R&D services for cosmetics, medicines, sanitizing and biotechnology, with a team of 11 people, annual revenue of R$700 thousand in 2021 and that believes it is imperative to bring solutions to patients now, even as it develops innovations for the future. (AU)

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