Numerate Awarded Phase 1 NIH Grant to Support Design of New Therapies for Celiac Disease
In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
“This NIH Phase 1 STTR award validates the attractiveness of Numerate’s drug engineering process for the design of new small molecule drugs,” stated John Griffin, Ph.D., Numerate’s chief scientific officer and principal investigator of the project. “In addition, it recognizes the potential of transglutaminase 2 inhibitors for the treatment of Celiac Sprue. Professor Khosla is a leader in Celiac disease research, and we are pleased to have the support of the NIH in our collaboration with him and his laboratory.”
Professor Khosla, who will serve as co-investigator for the STTR research project, added, “Transglutaminase 2 is central to the pathophysiology of Celiac Sprue, and offers a compelling target for a disease for which no pharmacotherapy currently exists. I look forward to having Numerate apply its breakthrough technology to this important problem.”
Celiac Sprue, also known as celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine involving intolerance to gluten proteins found in wheat and other grains.
Numerate is a privately held biotechnology company that has developed and extensively validated a drug engineering process that rapidly and cost-effectively delivers small molecule drug candidates optimized for efficacy, safety, and patentability. Numerate’s drug engineering process combines advances in computer science, statistics, and molecular modeling to address, in parallel, the factors that determine the success and failure of a drug. Numerate applies this proprietary process to design and develop small molecule therapeutics in collaboration with a variety of partners in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. For more information, please visit www.numerate.com.
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