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Researchers develop liquid crystal pharmaceuticals to fight cancer and other diseases
Date:9/6/2007

A partnership between Kent State University, Summa Health System and IC-MedTech Inc. has yielded an innovative liquid crystal technology that offers the promise of new drugs which may more effectively manage cancer and other diseases.

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 1.5 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year. This crisis has caused the National Cancer Institute to establish a goal of eliminating suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015.

Kent State University, Summa Health System and IC-MedTech Inc. have taken steps toward that goal. Their collaborative efforts have yielded an innovative liquid crystal technology that offers the promise of new drugs which may more effectively manage cancer and other diseases.

Dr. Chun-che Tsai, Kent State professor of chemistry; Dr. Jim Jamison, manager of Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology Core Basic Research Laboratory for Summa Health System; and Mr. Tom Miller, president of IC-MedTech Inc., a California-based biotechnology company, have developed a new paradigm in drug discovery based on the pharmacologic properties of liquid crystals called Liquid Crystal Pharmaceuticals or LCPs.

Recently, the team gathered at Kent State Universitys Office of Technology Transfer to file applications for two new patents: one for a new LCP-based anti-tumor drug called Tolecine and another for a formulation that combines Tolecine and another LCP, Apatone®.

The path-breaking discoveries of Dr. Tsai and his colleagues offer compelling proof of the value of university research and the enormous good that can come from collaborations between universities and the private sector, says Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. As Kent State researchers tackle cancer and a host of other real-world ills and issues, they are bringing their leading-edge knowledge and creativity to our students and playing a significant role in economic development.

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Contact: Melissa Edler
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330-672-8589
Kent State University
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