Thelial – targeting disease by reinforcing biological barriers.
Thelial has developed a discovery technology to identify drug candidates targeted to reinforce biological barriers. We have identified a portfolio of lead compounds; the first is now in development to target orphan indication Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Preclinical tests in other indications will include gastrointestinal and neurodegeneration indications.
Drosophila based drug discovery (theLiTE™)
Thelial has developed theLiTE™, our proprietary Drosophila based screening technology to identify hit compounds against epithelial disease. By focussing on target Par6 we identify compounds geared to reinforce biological barriers by strengthening tight junctions. theLiTE™ is based on exposing Drosophila epithelia to test candidate compounds. The advantage of theLiTE™ over tissue culture-based platforms is that our system uses an entire normal developing tissue, mimicking the clinical situation more closely than cells in culture. The epithelial tissue used is extremely robust, reducing false positives and raising chances of identifying bona fide active compounds.
This work is financed in part by the European Research Council and a phase I grant under the European Union Horizon 2020 SME Instrument program.