BioMotiv teams with University of Pittsburgh on startup

Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business .

Written by Scott Suttell.

BioMotiv, a Shaker Heights-based drug development accelerator associated with The Harrington Project, and the University of Pittsburgh have launched a company that focuses on treating inflammatory diseases.

The startup, Koutif Therapeutics, is developing a small-molecule, oral inhibitor of an E3 ligase, Fbxo3, to treat conditions such as neuropathic pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung transplant rejection and irritable bowel disease, BioMotiv said in a news release.

Koutif is based on intellectual property licensed from the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The technology was developed by Dr. Rama K. Mallampalli, a Harrington Scholar from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Beibei Chen, Ph.D, director of the Small Molecule Therapeutic Center.

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Originally published September 22, 2017.

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