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June 24, 2019 - 10:40pm | 77°F

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Innovative North Louisiana Experimental Therapeutics (INLET) program is forming partnerships that could have an economic impact in the business world of drug development. Partnerships with academic institutions, business experts and pharmaceutical companies aid in moving drugs from the discovery phase to commercialization, which ultimately could create high-level jobs in Louisiana. So far academic partners include several Louisiana universities and research organizations such as Louisiana Tech, the University of New Orleans, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LSU Health New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport and the Southern Research Institute.

INLET combines partners’ expertise to focus on the discovery and development of a wide range of drugs that affect multiple diseases, including cancer, diabetes, fungal infection and neurological disorders. Different INLET members have expertise about assay development, screening, drug design and delivery, in vivo and in vitro models of cancer, pharmacology and toxicology, as well as early clinical development strategies for the discovery of new small molecule therapies. The INLET screening center is equipped with liquid handlers, robotic screening devices, and high content, real time, screening assay platforms such as Cellomics and the Essen Bioscience Incucyte. Research performed at this screening center includes independent pilot studies, federally-supported research and company-sponsored research programs. The long-term goal is to commercialize drugs that treat human disease, which could be an economic boon for Louisiana.

INLET Leadership
Glenn Mills, MD, FACP

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