De Montfort University (DMU) has joined forces with Ithaka Life Sciences to market new technology invented by Prof Bob Chaudhuri, which will provide new products and services based on a set of proteins, named cytochrome P450s (CYPs). CYPs are found in the human liver and are mostly responsible for the metabolism of drugs in people. These proteins are commercially available for use by firms involved in the discovery of new drugs, but are inconvenient to use as they must be transported and stored at temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees Celsius.
The new technology from DMU allows CYPs to be shipped and handled at room temperature, eliminating the need for a cold chain. This will reduce the cost and make their use in testing new drugs much quicker and easier.
DMU and Ithaka have established a new company called CYP Design Ltd (CDL). DMU has licensed the new technology to CDL which will now bring the new products to market. Ithaka has worked closely with Prof Chaudhuri to set up CDL and is leading the implementation of the business strategy through Dr Bill Primrose as CEO and Dr Paul Rodgers as chairman.