Zalicus Inc. (Nasdaq Capital Market: ZLCS) today announced that it has published preclinical data in Science Translational Medicine showing the beneficial effects of applying the Zalicus combination high-throughput screening (cHTS) technology for the potential treatment of ebolavirus (EBOV) infections. In the paper entitled “FDA-Approved Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators Inhibit Ebola Virus Infection,” the scientists, including drug developers from Zalicus and collaborators from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and investigators from the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA), describe screening a series of approved drugs and select molecular probes to identify drugs with antifilovirus activity. “These data continue to confirm the potential of our combination high-throughput screening technology to identify drug combinations with activity in multiple disease states. The value of our cHTS technology, which has been previously validated in a number of cancer indications, continues to demonstrate promise in infectious disease applications as well,” commented Mark H.N. Corrigan, MD, President and CEO of Zalicus. “Our cHTS discovery collaborations with USAMRIID and UVA and pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis validate the value of the cHTS discovery technology to identify novel treatments for diseases.” Key findings include:
- Identified a set of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), including clomiphene and toremifene, which act as potent inhibitors of EBOV infection.
- Confirmed Anti-EBOV activity for both SERMs in an in vivo mouse infection model.
- The SERM compounds inhibit viral entry and are not working through classical estrogen receptor-associated pathways.
- These data support the screening of readily available approved drugs to identify therapeutics for the ebolaviruses and other biothreat infectious diseases.
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