Measuring the Spatial Distribution of Drug Concentrations in Target Tissues

AWARD:  $25,000 USD
DEADLINE: 4/01/17
POSTED: 2/01/17

The ability to determine the precise concentration and localization of a drug in target tissues is essential for preclinical research and development. Localization and concentration within the tissue are key parameters used to establish the appropriate dose required to provide adequate drug coverage. Current methods are only capable of determining the total drug concentration within a tissue sample. Therefore, the Seeker desires a new approach for measuring the spatial distribution of drug concentrations in target tissues.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9933900
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Tissue homogenization is a standard procedure for processing samples prior to quantitative analysis of drug concentrations. Not only is compound recovery impacted by sample preparation, but it also is not possible to distinguish where in the tissue the drug predominates (e.g., intracellular vs. extracellular, or how deep the drug penetrated). Furthermore, the measurement of free vs. bound drug is complicated due to proteins released upon cell lysis and by non-specific binding to cellular debris. Therefore, the Seeker desires a new approach for measuring the spatial distribution of drug concentrations in target tissues.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 1, 2017. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

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