Parabon NanoLabs to Design and Construct Artificial
Antibodies Using DNA Origami for US Army

15 November 2011

Parabon NanoLabs announced it has received an STTR contract from the US Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command to produce designs and prototypes for a ricin-specific artificial antibody constructed using DNA origami. These novel constructs will provide both a capture function (mimicking the properties of an antibody) and intrinsic electro-optical reporting functionality, a significant improvement over current antibody capability. Parabon will partner with Marshall University for the laboratory components of the project.

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1 The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is a government program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. A company that receives STTR funding is eligible for sole source grants and contracts with the Federal government for services and products used on, developed in or derived from the STTR effort.

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