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Italian Company Zcube Licenses Technology Developed by ASU Researcher for Innovative Treatment and Monitoring of Chronic Respiratory Diseases




Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) December 15, 2010

Zcube, Srl, the research venture of Italian pharmaceutical leader Zambon Co., SpA, and Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology venturing arm of Arizona State University, have entered into a licensing agreement that will allow Zcube to use ASU technology to develop and commercialize next-generation medical devices that can better monitor and treat chronic respiratory diseases like asthma.




The technology Zcube licensed from AzTE is a game-changer for the monitoring and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases, said Lorenzo Pradella, General Manager of Zcube. The tiny sensors nearly flat and less than 1 cm across will allow us to make portable devices to monitor and treat disease activity in real time and for far less cost that what is currently available.

Devices that measure the concentration of relevant markers like nitric oxide (NO) in human exhalations can accurately determine tissue inflammation and disease activity. However, the current state-of-the-art device is large, must be plugged in, and is commercialized at significantly high costs.

Miniature sensor technology developed in the laboratory of Professor N.J. Tao at ASUs Biodesign Institute solves these problems. Devices based on the tiny chips can be the same size as current asthma inhalers, will operate on rechargeable batteries, and can be manufactured much more inexpensively due to proprietary sensor and micro-electronics.

The long-term development goal is a device that will measure exhaled relevant markers concentration in real time and help doctors to adjust the dosage of an inhaled medication in response. Accurate data acquisition via a microcontroller and real-time data transmission via a Bluetooth chip will allow patients to perform measurements at any location.

If combined with GPS technology, the device could also track the location where the dosages occurred. This could be an important help with disease management as it would serve to alert the patient and health care provider to the places where asthma initiating agents were being encountered.

Zcube was founded in 2003 in an effort to support emerging life science technology and research worldwide. Since 2007, Zcube has placed particular emphasis on drug delivery systems and medical devices in different therapeutic fields. Zcube has already established collaborations with universities in Europe and Israel. Zcube is also a Limited Partner of Mission Bay Capital, LLC, the venture fund bolstering the funds ability to invest in promising bioscience companies emerging from the University of California and a member of the Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) Industrial Advisory Board in San Francisco.

AzTE identified Zcube as a company that understood the emerging medical device venture space and could help bridge the gap between laboratory invention and commercial viability.

Our licensing agreement with Zcube is proof that even global companies recognize the cutting-edge research with real-world impact being performed at ASU, said Augustine Cheng, managing director of AzTE. Professor Taos technology has the potential to revolutionize the way chronic respiratory diseases are treated worldwide.

About Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE)

AzTE is a non-profit organization operating as the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for Arizona State University and its research enterprise. AzTEs industry and university veterans bring together ASU researchers and industry partners to transform discoveries into marketable products and services, taking innovation out of the lab and into the commercial marketplace. AzTEs board of directors includes successful industry executives, entrepreneurs and investors. AzTE currently offers for licensing more than 300 novel technologies in the life and physical sciences. For more information: http://www.azte.com.

About Zcube

Zcube is a global leader in translational medicine, with a strategic focus on the development and commercialization of novel drug delivery systems (DDS) and Medical Devices. As the Research Venture of Zambon Company S.p.A., Zcube validates and invests in early stage innovative technologies with the potential to generate new products and new technology ventures in therapeutic areas of strategic interest. The primary source of scouting for Zcube are world-class universities and labs with significant research programs in the area of life science, bioengineering, and drug delivery, as well as recent academic spin-off companies. Zcube is among the investors in three startup companies PharmEste Srl (Ferrara, Italy), SuppreMol GmbH (Munich, Germany) and ProtAffin Biotechnologie AG (Graz, Austria). For further information please visit http://www.z-cube.it.

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