Center for Biotech Receives NIH Award to Develop a Bioscience Hub

STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 8, 2015 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology a three-year $3 million award through the SUNY Research Foundation to establish the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH). The award is part of the NIH’s Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program and one of only three granted nationwide.The hub will be a collaboration between Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory and is designed to help accelerate the translation of biomedical discoveries into new drugs, devices, and diagnostics to improve patient care and enhance health.

Stony Brook’s Center for Biotechnology will lead the efforts of the LIBH, coordinating its comprehensive technology commercialization efforts across the three partner institutions. Such activities include technology development programs, establishing strategic partnerships, recruiting experienced entrepreneurs to provided experienced company management, and providing services such as education and mentoring that will help faculty innovators move their academic innovations into the commercial sector via a start-up company, licensing opportunity, and/or a strategic partnership.

The Long Island Bioscience Hub will build upon Stony Brook’s existing strengths in translational research and commercialization to develop an infrastructure across partner institutions, which will accelerate the yield of new healthcare innovations, said Samuel Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. This partnership will advance New York State’s ever-expanding bio-based entrepreneurial ecosystem with new discoveries that fuel new company formation and jobs in biotechnology.

With this award, the NIH recognized the great potential for translational research and technology development that resides in our region, says Clinton T. Rubin, PhD, Principal Investigator, Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to enhance what is already a bourgeoning innovation economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The REACH program is based on the NIH Center for Advanced Innovations (NCAI) initiative created the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The three hubs established under the REACH program will work collaboratively with the NCAIs to develop best practices and share resources where appropriate. REACHs will also be able to take advantage of unique partnerships with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the United States Patent Office, and the Center for Medicare & Medicade Services.

Each NIH REACH hub will provide funding for feasibility studies and coordinate access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development, including scientific, regulatory, business, legal, and project management. Skill development and providing hands-on experience in entrepreneurism are also aims of the hubs.

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Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory have a demonstrated capacity for bioscience innovation that has advanced the course of biomedical science and contributed to improved healthcare through FDA approved therapies including ReoPro&reg, SAFHS, Xiaflex&reg, Periostat® and Oracea&reg, new medical devices including 3Dvirtual colonoscopy and LivMD$reg, and new company formation including New England BioLabs, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Collagenex, Pharmacopeia, and Exogen.

Ohr Pharmaceutical & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Announce Joint Venture

Ohr Pharmaceutical, a pharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutics for large unmet medical needs, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have announced the establishment of DepYmed Inc., a new joint venture to develop trodusquemine and related analogs.

The new joint venture will be a private entity, initially with equal ownership by Ohr and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The two partners will seek funding and contribute to the research and development of trodusquemine and also newly patented analogs. The goal is to take the program into the clinic and to demonstrate proof of concept.

Andreas Grill, former Executive Director of Forest Research Institute for Forest Laboratories, Inc and current Center for Biotechnology BioEntrepreneur-inResidence has been tapped to serve as Chief Executive Office for DepYmed.

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Traverse Biosciences Executes Exclusive, Worldwide License Agreement

Traverse Biosciences, founded by Joseph Scaduto – one of the Center for Biotechnology’s first BioEntrepreneurs-in-Residence, announced today that it has executed an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF/SUNY) for access to the animal health applications of a proprietary library of polyenolic zinc-binding agents. The license agreement also extends Traverse Biosciences the exclusive option to license the human health applications of these promising drug candidates.

The drug compounds were invented by Lorne Golub, DMD, MD (Honorary), Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology in the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, and Francis Johnson, PhD, President of Chem-Master International Inc. and Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology at Stony Brook. The drugs were developed in concert with the the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University. The Center provided financial support to help the inventors develop their lead compound and for follow-on animal studies.

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Traverse Biosciences receives $205,709 Phase I STTR Award

Traverse Biosciences, founded by the Center’s first appointed BioEntrepreneur-in-Residence Joseph Scaduto, was just awarded a $205,709, Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Award in Partnership with the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, to evaluate the effectiveness of the company’s lead drug candidate for the treatment of periodontal disease. This is the second Phase I STTR award for Traverse Biosciences this year. The research will be led by Lorne Golub, DMD, MD (Honorary) in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, and Ying Gu, PhD, DDS, in the Department of General Dentistry, who will serve as co-principle investigators on the award, in close collaboration with Traverse Biosciences.

“I congratulate Traverse Biosciences on securing a second STTR award to advance their product development and commercialization efforts,” stated Dr. Clinton Rubin, Director of the New York State Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University. He added, “STTR funding represents a significant milestone for graduates of our burgeoning BioEntrepreneur-in-Residence program, which is meant to impact the innovation economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.”

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Traverse Biosciences Receives Phase 1 STTR Award

Traverse Biosciences announced today that it has received a $223,979 Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award in partnership with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the company’s lead drug candidate, TRB-N0224, for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). The research at the Feinstein Institute will be led by Daniel A. Grande, PhD, Director, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, who will serve as principle investigator on the award in close collaboration with Traverse Biosciences. Read the full press release: