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National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS.




The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of Federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.


Licensing information and copies of the U.S. patent applications listed below may be obtained by writing to the indicated licensing contact at the Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, Maryland 20852-3804; telephone: 301/496-7057; fax: 301/402-0220. A signed Confidential Disclosure Agreement will be required to receive copies of the patent applications.

Therapeutics for the Treatment and Prevention of Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Disease

Description of Invention: This technology consists of peptides and peptide-analogues that enhance clearance of excess cholesterol in cells and do not exhibit the cytotoxicity that has hampered development of similar potential therapeutics.

Briefly, apolipoprotein A-1 (ApoA-1) promotes cholesterol efflux from cells and its concentration is inversely correlated with atherosclerotic events. The isolated peptidic component of ApoA-1 that acts within the cholesterol secretion pathway is therapeutic towards atherosclerosis but exhibits cytotoxic effects. In contrast, our inventors have derivatized that ApoA-1 peptide which is both less cytotoxic and more active than the underivatized component in initial studies. This potential therapeutic is similar to high density lipoprotein (HDL) therapy and may complement statin-mediated reduction of pro-atherogenic lipoproteins.

Potential Applications

  • Treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis.
  • Treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and inflammation.
  • Therapeutic or preventative coating for a heart or vascular implant.
  • Alternative to HDL therapy.

Potential Advantages

  • Enhanced cytotoxicity profile.
  • Enhanced hydrophilicity profile.
  • Complements statin-based therapies.
  • Oral delivery approaches in development.

Development Status: Early stage with in vitro proof of concept data.

Market: The CDC indicates that heart attacks account for 26% of deaths in the United States of which atherosclerosis is a significant contributing factor or cause. Global sales for cardiovascular therapeutics are expected to exceed $50b in 2010.

Inventors: Amar A. Sethi (NHLBI) et al.

Patent Status: U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/265,291 filed 30 Nov 2009 (HHS Reference No. E-047-2009/0-US-01).

Licensing Status: Available for licensing.

Licensing Contact: Fatima Sayyid. M.H.P.M.; 301-435-4521;

Use of Immunosuppressive Agents for Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy

Description of Invention: AMD belongs to a group of disorders in which the immune system may play an important role. This invention discloses that patients with AMD gain additional therapeutic benefit from combination treatment of immunosuppressive agents and standard-of-care in comparison to standard-of-care alone. This invention slows the progression of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and may have implications for related pathologies, including diabetic retinopathy. Clinical data from a small, randomized pilot clinical trial are available.


  • A method of treatment for AMD.
  • A method of treatment for diabetic retinopathy.
  • A method of treatment for diseases associated with CNV.


  • Likely to be synergistic with existing therapeutics.
  • May enable repurposing of some exiting immunosuppressive agents.Start Printed Page 43993

Development Status: In clinical trials.

Market: An estimated three million individuals in the United States will have an advanced form of AMD by 2020 (Klein R et al. The epidemiology of age-related macular degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol. 2004;137(3):486-95).

Inventors: Robert B. Nussenblatt and Frederick L. Ferris (NEI).

Publication: In preparation.

Patent Status: U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/254,439 filed 23 Oct 2009 (HHS Reference No. E-198-2008/0-US-01).

Licensing Status: Available for licensing.

Licensing Contact: Norbert Pontzer, J.D., PhD; 301-435-5502;

Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Eye Institute, Laboratory of Immunology, is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize the use of immunosuppressive agents in the treatment of age related macular degeneration. This is in light of new findings that immune mechanisms appear to be central to the expression of the clinical disease we know as AMD. Please contact Alan Hubbs, PhD at 301-594-4263 or for more information.

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Dated: July 12, 2010.

Richard U. Rodriguez,

Director, Division of Technology Development and Transfer, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.

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