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Technology developed at The University of Tulsa and licensed by FortySix Venture Capital could advance cancer testing and targeted therapeutics

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — FortySix Venture Capital LLC (46VC) and The University of Tulsa (TU) announced today that technology developed by TU researchers has been licensed by 46VC for commercialization efforts.

Researchers at The University of Tulsa have developed a novel process for synthesizing and using sulfonamides and testing their efficacy and selectivity against human cancer cells, which could ultimately aid targeting therapeutic treatments for individualized patient applications.

Angus Lamar, Ph.D., and Robert Sheaff, Ph.D., who are both associate professors of chemistry and biochemistry, have been researching cancer at TU for several years funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). Together with their teams – which have included graduate and undergraduate students – the faculty members have been prolific in their discovery of novel technologies related to cancer screening and selection of effective anticancer agents. Based on the teams’ research, the technology licensed has the capability to radically change the time and expense required to target therapeutics for the deadliest forms of cancer.

46VC and The University of Tulsa have executed a license arrangement that will accelerate the commercialization of these technologies. Under the arrangement, 46VC will undertake efforts to commercialize the technology by building a business team around the technology; secure the necessary regulatory approvals; and, ultimately, bring the technology to market.

“This agreement with 46VC provides an opportunity to see our research efforts lead to better, more effective chemotherapeutics targeting hard-to-treat cancers,” Sheaff said.

Bill Lawson, Ph.D. and director of technology commercialization at The University of Tulsa, led the charge for TU in securing this licensing arrangement with support from faculty in the university’s Collins College of Business, including Mike Troilo, Ph.D., and Chris Wright, Ph.D., whose interdisciplinary involvement carved the path for business plan development and venture capital investment.

“It’s an outstanding day when The University of Tulsa takes a big step forward in making our inventors’ intellectual properties accessible to everyone,” Lawson said. “Drs. Lamar and Sheaff’s findings can literally save lives.”

Tracy Poole, co-founder and managing partner of 46VC, expressed interest in the technology less than one year ago and worked quickly to conduct diligence on the technology and determine whether 46VC could be helpful in commercialization efforts.

“We are very fortunate to have such a great research university in Tulsa,” said Poole. “As early investors, we feel like we are in the right place at the right time to help push this technology forward. It is our job as early-stage investors to uncover tech transfer opportunities with our regional research universities and partners.”

“This agreement demonstrates how The University of Tulsa is invested in supporting our faculty and students to commercialize their research and inventions,” said TU President Brad R. Carson. “Great cities have great research universities and Tulsa is no exception.”

The University of Tulsa and 46VC will begin working together to commercialize the important discovery immediately.

About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is a top 75 private, doctoral degree-granting, accredited, coeducational institution located in Tulsa, Okla. With 4,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students from around the globe, TU offers an inclusive world-class education. Research opportunities start the moment students step on campus. Innovation and entrepreneurship are emphasized in equal measure with foundational coursework and critical-thinking exercises. TU students, faculty and alumni solve problems, lead by example and make history. For more information, visit utulsa.edu.

For media inquiries regarding The University of Tulsa, please contact Mona Chamberlin, senior media relations director, at 918-631-2656 or [email protected].

About FortySix Venture Capital LLC

FortySix Venture Capital LLC is a venture capital fund manager based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. FortySix Venture Capital is currently raising capital for its Kinetic Fund which focuses investment in the areas of Health Tech, Energy Tech and Digital Transformation. FortySix Venture Capital has a regional strategy to invest in startups and technologies in the heartland region where it has unique access to deal flow and domain expertise. For media inquiries, please contact Tracy Poole, Managing Partner at 918-605-8321 or [email protected].

For more information on FortySix Venture Capital please visit the firm’s website at www.46.capital

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