Grants - HIV
Non-adherence to anti-retroviral therapy by HIV+ patients results in increased viral loads and risk of emergence of drug-resistant HIV strains. This poses a major public health threat. Lyndra Co. has developed an orally available, long-acting drug delivery system that it will now formulate to deliver anti-retrovirals.
In this application, researchers propose to utilize novel synthetic chemistry to develop a series of aliphatic tenofovir prodrugs designed to greatly enhance cellular uptake and to provide prolonged intracellular exposure to molecules with potent antiviral activity. They will further extend systemic exposure to these compounds by delivering them in slow-release nanoparticle formulations. They believe that with this “dual-modulation” of drug presentation we will provide systemic exposure to therapeutic concentrations of highly active antiviral compounds for periods of at least four weeks following intramuscular injection.
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage grant applications that address the long term goal and objective of developing sustained release strategies for HIV treatment or prevention.