PEGylated Human Heavy Chain Ferritin Nanocages and Their Uses for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Delivery

Case ID:
Disclosure Date:
Unmet Need:
Localized delivery of chemotherapeutics to the lung via inhalation provides a straightforward method of directly targeting lung cancers. However, due to the presence of multiple delivery barriers, the effectiveness of the        approach has been limited. Here, we disclose an invention of a novel inhalable drug delivery platform capable of overcoming multiple barriers simultaneously following inhalation.

Technology Overview:
The newly designed system is composed of human heavy chain ferritin proteins and polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymers, which individually provide intrinsic tumor targeting capacity and resistance to muco-adhesion, respectively. The key of the invention is to achieve a dense surface coverage of PEG polymers to ensure efficient mucus penetration, while retaining the cancer cell targeting capacity of ferritin. We have recently accomplished this task by optimizing the PEGylation strategy.

The newly designed PEGylated ferrintin nanocages (FTn) uniquely provide (i) efficient penetration through airway mucus and tumor tissue, (ii) active targeting of, and efficient internalization into, human lung cancer cells and (iii) timely intracellular release of chemotherapeutics.

Stage of Development:
In our  pilot study, we found that our PEGylated FTn offers a significantly enhanced anti-cancer efficacy (i.e. survival) compared to dose-matched, carrier-free chemotherapeutic drugs in an orthotopic rodent model of highly invasive lung cancer. We also confirm that an array of chemotherapeutics can be efficiently loaded via chemical conjugation or physical encapsulation, which underscores that the novel delivery platform can be widely utilized regardless of specific drugs of interest.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Protein Nanocages With Enhanced Mucus Penetration for Targeted Tissue and Intracellular Delivery PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT PCT/US2017/052079   9/18/2017     Pending
For Information, Contact:
Sonriza Ford
Save This Technology:
2017 © Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. All Rights Reserved. Powered by Inteum