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MitoKor, UCSD Receive Grant to Study Mitochondrial Proteins

NEW YORK, July 10 - MitoKor said Tuesday it had formed a partnership with the University of California, San Diego to develop computational tools to identify the function of mitochondrial proteins.

The alliance will be funded with a Life Sciences Informatics Program grant of an undisclosed size from the University of California's Industry University Cooperative Research Program.

"This LSI grant, in collaboration with a leading bioinformatics group at UCSD, is focused on the development of computational tools to improve our understanding of mitochondrial proteins and pathways and their role in disease,” Soumitra Ghosh, senior director of research at MitoKor, said in a statement.

Shankar Subramaniam, professor of bioengineering, chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD, and senior fellow at the University's San Diego Super Computer Center, will work with MitoKor on the project.

MitoKor is hoping to use its knowledge of mitochondria to develop therapeutic treatments for diseases stemming from aging. 

MitoKor, a San Diego-based a biotechnology company, is focused on the commercial applications of mitochondrial science. The company has completed sequencing the mitochondrial genomes of more than 600 people. 

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