MIBG Analogs

New compounds shrink cancer tumors

  • Useful for imaging and as a therapeutic
  • Useful for the treatment of a variety of cancers
  • Decreased toxicity to normal tissue
  • Increased specificity for cancer cells

Licensing Manager: Lisa Carlson, PhD
lisa.jorgenson@unmc.edu or 402-315-0543


New compounds shrink cancer tumors

Promising new compounds shrink brain cancer tumors without any noticeable side effects, according to early research tests at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Most cancer therapies are toxic, which is why treatment often includes sometimes debilitating side effects. UNMC’s innovative approach specifically targets the cancers cells in tumors, unlike more traditional chemo- or radiation therapies, which can indiscriminately affect both cancerous and healthy cells alike.
The compound focuses on cancer cells that produce an overabundance of norepinephrine transporter protein. Researchers created the molecule by combining a norepinephrine-targeting agent with another agent that damages DNA. The targeting agent helps the molecule get inside a cancer cell. Once inside, the DNA-damaging agent kills the cell by breaking apart its DNA.
As an effective delivery platform, the compound could also be adapted for other therapeutic uses such as labeling norepinephrine cancer cells, which would allow physicians to better diagnose and track the disease.
To discuss licensing opportunities, contact Lisa Carlson, PhD, at lisa.jorgenson@unmc.edu or 402-315-0543.

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Intellectual Property

  • U.S. Patent 10,874,752: MIBG analogs and uses thereof