Case ID: M03-068LC^

Published: 2020-02-26 11:15:45

Last Updated: 1677134705


George (Bob) Pettit
Mathew Minardi
Heidi Rosenberg

Technology categories

Cancer TherapeuticsLife Science (All LS Techs)Pharmaceuticals

Technology keywords

Natural Product

Licensing Contacts

Jovan Heusser
Director of Licensing and Business Development
[email protected]


The Combretastatins, discovered by ASU researchers, are a series of very potent antineoplastic compounds. Combretastatin A-4 (CA4), the most potent compound of the family, is currently undergoing phase III human cancer clinical trials.

ASU researchers have conducted extended SAR on Combretastatins. They eventually synthesized structural analogs of Combretastatins A-4, A-3 and their phosphate prodrugs by replacing their C-3 and/or C-5 substituents with halogens (F, Cl, Br and I). These new compounds, named Halocombstatins, retained the powerful human cancer cell lines inhibitory activity of CA4. Fluorcombstatin showed particular potency against human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro (ED50 0.00025 ?g/ml).

The iodo-structural modifications of CA4P could be particularly interesting as the parent molecule, CA4, has shown good activity in treating human thyroid carcinoma.

Moreover, the new synthesized compounds generally display antimicrobial activity. Some diiodocomstatins are very active against N. gonorrhoeae.

Potential Applications

These novel compounds have applications as:

  • Anti-cancer therapeutic agents
  • Anti-cancer therapeutic agents with increased specificity toward thyroid carcinomas
  • Anti-microbial therapeutic agents

Benefits and Advantages

  • Diversity – Disclosure of a panel of structural modifications of Combretastatins. The new compounds retain the Combretastatin A-4 anti-neoplastic activity. Some of them were more particularly designed for thyroid cancers treatement.
  • Synthesis – The new compounds are synthetically available.

For more information about the inventor(s) and their research, please see
Dr. Pettit's departmental webpage