Legal Drugs Podcast Host Angela Stoyanovich recently interviewed AnaBios Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Chris Mathes about the company's new pain research project with Eli Lilly to develop a human spinal cord preclinical assay that measures electrophysiological properties. Watch the full interview below.
NIH/NCATS Awards $1.1M SBIR Grant to AnaBios to Develop Preclinical Research Technology Utilizing Adult Human Primary Cardiomyocytes
SAN DIEGO, CA – March 31, 2020 – The National Institute of Health (NIH) and its subdivision, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), recently awarded AnaBios a 12-month Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $1,132,289 to develop a novel technology to measure physiological parameters in adult human primary cardiomyocytes. The new technology will allow AnaBios to evaluate thousands of compounds per year in support of medicinal chemistry efforts and preclinical cardiac risk assessment in a truly translational assay. Identifying the cardiotoxicity risk of a drug in advance of clinical studies remains a major challenge [...]
The Emergency The unfolding crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic is triggering extraordinary efforts by the scientific community to generate new antiviral medications. There are two principal strategies for antiviral drug development: (1) repurpose existing drugs (or combinations thereof) or (2) develop a new antiviral medication. While both strategies are being fast-tracked at each stage of the drug discovery process, a successful response to this emergency will require BOTH an accelerated timeline AND accurate, reliable data to ensure new drugs are safe and effective. The Challenge The traditional paradigm for assessing a new drug’s potential safety and efficacy utilizes animal [...]
These challenging times call for united social and corporate responsibilities, as well as meaningful actions, that can help mitigate and, ultimately, overcome the coronavirus global pandemic. As an innovative biotechnology company, AnaBios is focused on how drugs work in humans to treat and prevent diseases. The first critical step in tackling a disease is to understand how it develops in humans. For Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, the scientific insight is rapidly advancing as a result of significant effort by clinicians and scientists across the globe. Nonetheless, there remains a tremendous level of uncertainty about the [...]
SAN DIEGO, CA – March 10, 2020 – Today, AnaBios announced a collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) to develop proprietary electrophysiology assays for preclinical drug discovery research. The collaboration will leverage AnaBios’ expertise in the recovery and interrogation of human cell and tissue samples. The project will focus on ethically-consented samples of human spinal cord and provide an unprecedented preclinical paradigm for studying how new drug candidates can modulate the transmission of sensory and motor information between the brain and peripheral tissues. “AnaBios is excited to work with Lilly to develop these new human central nervous system [...]
SAN DIEGO, CA – March 10, 2020 – Today, AnaBios announced a Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to study adult human primary cardiomyocytes as a reference for cellular properties and drug-induced effects on cardiac function. Under the RCA, the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and AnaBios will evaluate functional human primary cardiomyocytes as standards for reference of gene expression, localization of functional proteins and sensitivity of their functional properties to inotropic drugs, i.e. those that affect the strength of cardiomyocyte contractility. “AnaBios is pleased to collaborate with the FDA at [...]
AnaBios CEO Dr. Andre Ghetti was recently interviewed by Angela Stoyanovitch, host of the Legal Drugs Podcast. They discussed the challenges of overcoming animal model data. Dr. Ghetti discusses case studies that demonstrate the need for relevant, predictive data at the preclinical drug discovery stage to better guide decision-making processes. He also discusses the challenges AnaBios has overcome, as well as future challenges Listen to the full podcast here.
FDA Awards AnaBios Contract to Obtain Critical Translational Data from Ex Vivo Human Cardiac Platform
SAN DIEGO, CA – November 5, 2019 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded AnaBios an exclusive Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to employ adult human primary tissues and cardiomyocytes from organ donors to assess drug safety related to cardiac function. “AnaBios is very honored to receive this contract from the FDA for this important project related to the cardiac safety assessment of drugs,” said Dr. Paul E. Miller, co-founder and Chief Corporate Development Officer of AnaBios. “For over a decade, AnaBios has worked diligently to develop a translational ex-vivo human heart platform. We anticipate [...]
AnaBios Wins NCATS ASPIRE Award to Further Develop Preclinical Pain Assays Using Human Sensory Neurons
SAN DIEGO, CA – September 25, 2019 – The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) awarded AnaBios the ASPIRE Design Challenge award in the category entitled, “Biological Assays for Translational Innovation in Pain, Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose.” Funds from the award will be used to study ex vivo human models of pain for translational drug discovery. “AnaBios is honored to receive this recognition from NCATS for providing important innovations in preclinical pain research,” said Dr. Andre Ghetti, Chief Executive Officer of AnaBios. “We appreciate the recognition from the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative and are [...]
SAN DIEGO, CA – September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has named AnaBios the recipient of a grant to further develop its unique drug discovery platform utilizing muscle cells from the human heart (cardiomyocytes). Funds from the grant will be used to develop a preclinical biomarker to identify the pro-arrhythmia risk of potential drugs based on contractility measurements in human adult primary cardiomyocytes. AnaBios’ cardiomyocyte research has yielded highly translational information about cellular properties and drug-induced variations in cardiac function. “AnaBios is honored to receive this grant from the FDA for this [...]
SAN DIEGO, CA – August 13, 2019 – AnaBios Corp. today announced it is providing validated human dorsal root ganglion (hDRG) to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for research collaborations to develop human cell-based screening platforms and novel drugs to treat pain and opioid use disorder. The collaborations are part of the NIH HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term) Initiative. Dorsal root ganglion neurons are surgically recovered by AnaBios from ethically consented organ donors. These tissue samples from the peripheral nervous system comprise the human sensory neurons that [...]
SAN DIEGO, CA – October 5, 2018 – A San Diego based bio tech company is developing a non opioid procedure to treat chronic pain. Dr. Andrew Ghetti is the CEO at AnaBios Corporation , which is the first in the world to use human neurons for advancing pain drugs. He tells KOGO news models with rats and mice don't usually work. He says drugs that seem to do wonders in animals are completely ineffective or outright toxic in humans AnaBios' approach is to treat the nerve paths with a series of drugs targeting molecules in the body called [...]