WARF: P03315US

Antimicrobial Polymers


Samuel Gellman, Michael Gelman, Bernard Weisblum, David Lynn

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing novel amphiphilic compounds that could be used to treat microbial infections in humans and other animals.
OVERVIEWThe emergence of bacteria that are resistant to common therapeutic agents has resulted in a dire need for new antimicrobial compounds. One potential source of new antimicrobials is amphiphilic peptides, which contain both water-soluble and water-insoluble portions. These peptides act by disrupting bacterial membranes.
THE INVENTIONUW-Madison researchers have developed novel amphiphilic compounds that can be used to treat microbial infections in humans and other animals. They combined a synthetic backbone of poly(styrene), poly(acrylate), poly(acrylamide) or poly(C1-C6alkylene glycol) with side-chains that can readily accept a hydrogen atom to become water-soluble. These compounds inhibited the growth of four test microorganisms to the same extent as known antimicrobials.
  • A new source of antimicrobial compounds that potentially could be used to treat microbial infections
  • Also promising as broad spectrum biocides and antiseptics, and for disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces
  • Production of amphiphilic compounds involves just one chemical synthesis step.
  • Effective against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
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For current licensing status, please contact Rafael Diaz at or 608-960-9847.
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