Volume 94 Issue 39 | p. 18 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 3, 2016

Sirenas awarded Gates grant

Department: Business
Keywords: natural products, biotech, neglected diseases
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Sirenas sees therapeutic molecules in marine organisms such as sea sponges.
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A photo of a sea sponge.
 
Sirenas sees therapeutic molecules in marine organisms such as sea sponges.
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San Diego-based Sirenas has won a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to use nature-inspired chemistry to find molecules active against tuberculosis, malaria, and cryptosporidium. Sirenas has a collection of molecules derived from marine organisms such as sea sponges, cyanobacteria, and algae that it parses with data-mining technology to identify promising lead compounds. Scripps Research Institute California chemist and Sirenas cofounder Phil Baran oversees the development of methods for synthesizing complex marine molecules.

 
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