Edward R. Biehl

Dallas Business Journal: Firm is out to prevent neuron loss

Biehl%20lab%20400x300.jpgInvestigators at SMU and University of Texas at Dallas have discovered a family of small molecules that shows promise in protecting brain cells against nerve-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. SMU’s work is led by Chemistry Department Professor Edward R. Biehl.

Health care journalist Bill Hethcock covered the research for The Dallas Business Journal. His Feb. 25 article “Firm is out to prevent neuron loss” details how Dallas-based startup EncephRx Inc. was granted worldwide license to develop the jointly owned compounds.

Photo: SMU chemists Edward R. Biehl, center, Sukanta Kamila (right) and Haribabu Ankati (left). (Photo: Hillsman Jackson, SMU)
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Novel compounds show early promise in treatment of Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s

Biehl%20lab%20400x300.jpgInvestigators at SMU and UTD have discovered a family of small molecules that shows promise in protecting brain cells against nerve-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. SMU’s work is led by Chemistry Department Professor Edward R. Biehl.

Dallas-based startup EncephRx, Inc. was granted the worldwide license to the jointly owned compounds. A biotechnology and therapeutics company, EncephRx will develop drug therapies based on the new class of compounds as a pharmaceutical for preventing nerve-cell damage, delaying onset of degenerative nerve disease and improving symptoms.

Photo: SMU chemists Edward R. Biehl, center, Sukanta Kamila (right) and Haribabu Ankati (left). (Photo: Hillsman Jackson, SMU)
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Protecting brain’s neurons could halt Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Biehl%2CEd%20lab.jpgResearchers at Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas at Dallas have identified a group of chemical compounds that slows the degeneration of neurons, a condition that causes such common diseases of old age as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotropic lateral sclerosis.

SMU Chemistry Professor Edward R. Biehl and UTD Biology Professor Santosh R. D’Mello teamed to test 45 chemical compounds. Four were found to be the most potent protectors of brain cells, or neurons. Continue reading

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