Published September 1, 2020
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Center for Protein Therapeutics has awarded $1.2 million to researchers to advance the application of pharmaceutical science in the development of protein drugs.
The twelve projects were selected for $100,000 each in funding at the annual Center for Protein Therapeutics Symposium, held virtually on Aug. 10, 2020. Over 150 scientists from across the U.S. and Europe were in attendance, from prominent companies including AbbVie, Amgen, CSL-Behring, Genentech, Eli Lilly, GSK, Janssen, Merck, Roche and Sanofi.
Some of the most notable funded research (*starred below) addresses treatment and prevention of infection by the COVID-19 virus.
“Several projects were funded that attempt to characterize and improve antibody distribution in tumors, and to develop novel nanobodies to block infection with SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19,” Balthasar says.
The center is based in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and directed by Joseph Balthasar, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Executive Director of University Research Initiatives. It is funded through a consortium that includes ten leading pharmaceutical companies.
Since its inception in 2008, the Center for Protein Therapeutics has funded over 140 seed projects totaling more than $13 million.