An interdisciplinary health science project is to be centered on a Novel cancer prodrug therapy project
The School of Chemistry is proud to announce a collaborative project with Morvus. Morvus Technology Limited is a pharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery and commercialisation of novel drugs for the oncology market. The Company is technology-rich and has the capability to generate revenue by out-licensing a number of early-stage products whilst simultaneously progressing selected candidates through clinical development and into patient trials. The Carmarthen based company is pleased to have obtained a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) award for a PhD studentship in conjunction with Dr C Gwenin. The funding for the project was obtained from a major European Convergence programme led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales with the financial support of Morvus.
The interdisciplinary project centres around the use of a directed enzyme-prodrug therapy which is a treatment based on the targeted delivery of enzymes directly to the malignant growth, where the enzymes convert a harmless prodrug into a cytotoxic drug that preferentially kills malignant cells. This approach overcomes the serious systemic side effects of current Chemotherapy which will provide a major advancement in the treatment of cancer and the preventative spread of cancer. The exploitation of the resulting methodology is relevant to all forms of prodrugs.
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