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Prolexys to Make Proteomic Map of TB as Part of Imperial College Consortium

NEW YORK, July 28 (GenomeWeb News) - As part of a collaborative research project led by  ImperialCollege, London, Prolexys Pharmaceuticals will create a comprehensive protein-protein interaction map of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, using its HyNet and HySpec platforms, the company said today in a statement.


Prolexys did not disclose detailed financial terms of the deal.


"The detailed protein interaction map will shed a light on potential mechanisms of TB latency and therefore facilitate the discovery of drugs that eliminate the latent infection," Gary Schoolnik, a consortium member and a professor of medicine at StanfordUniversity, said in the statement.


About 2 billion people worldwide carry latent TB, according to the statement.


The consortium is supported by a $20 million grant toImperialCollegefrom the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which is itself supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Prolexys said.