Alcinous Pharmaceuticals

Founded in 2016 by three PhD students, Alcinous Pharmaceuticals harnesses big data in a novel approach to design and develop therapeutic drugs aimed at aggressive cancers.

What: Pharmaceutical drug design startup

Innovation: Use computer-aided drug design to improve cancer therapies.

Who: URI graduate students Nicholas DaSilva, Kenneth Rose, and Benjamin Barlock; and URI professor David Worthen.

Market: Cancer treatment

Idea: Use computer technology to sort through many drug-binding targets to identify drugs that will be highly effective and well tolerated.

Notes: Awarded a state Innovation Voucher to work with Prof. Brenton deBoef to prove that these computer designed molecules can be produced in the laboratory.

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