Alerion, Vanderbilt receive NIH grant

Contrast agent development firm Alerion Biomedical of San Diego, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) small business technology transfer (STTR) grant for a project involving MRI with protease-sensing contrast agents.

The goals of the STTR project include designing, synthesizing, and testing a new class of biochemically activated MRI contrast agents that detect and monitor disease-associated enzymatic activity in vivo. The project has the potential to improve the noninvasive detection and evaluation of cancer, Alerion said.

By staff writers
January 5, 2005

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