Esperance: Harmonizing hormones to cancer

Based on a technology invented at Louisiana State University as a means of sterilizing animals, Esperance Pharmaceuticals Inc. is developing fusion proteins that combine a tumor-seeking hormone receptor ligand and a cytotoxin to treat cancer. Next quarter, the company plans to start a Phase I trial of EP-100, which incorporates a cytotoxic peptide that may avoid resistance mechanisms because it causes tumor cell death without needing to be internalized.

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