Case ID: M18-184L

Published: 2023-04-14 10:41:08

Last Updated: 1681468868


Alexandra Lucas
Liqiang Zhang
Jordan Yaron
Douglas McFadden

Technology categories

Life Science (All LS Techs)Non-Cancer TherapeuticsPharmaceuticals

Licensing Contacts

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

Serpin-based Polypeptide Compositions for Wound Healing

Wound healing, although complex, is a remarkably organized process involving hemostasis, inflammation, new tissue generation and remodeling. However, when wounds cover a large surface area, become infected, or occur in patients with impaired healing capacity, such as diabetics or the elderly, wound healing can be prolonged and result in chronic ulceration and further complications. New research is showing that moderating inflammation may alter the wound healing process through increased regeneration and decreased fibrosis. While there have been many wound management techniques and a few FDA approved therapeutics developed to promote healing, the failure rate is still high, necessitating the development of new and better treatments.


Researchers at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University have developed novel topical serine protease inhibitor (serpin) compositions to improve and accelerate wound healing. These compositions act as key regulators in the inflammatory cascade through urokinase-type plasminogen activators, plasmin, factor X and thrombin, making them ideal candidates for wound repair and regeneration. In a full-thickness wound model in mice, these compositions accelerated the time to wound closure by 2-5 days compared to saline alone. 


These novel compositions represent a new class of immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory proteins that have the potential to improve wound healing outcomes and reduce associated morbidity and mortality.


Potential Applications

•       Wound healing

o       Burn injuries

o       Skin lacerations

o       Diabetic, pressure, or venous ulcers

o       Trauma wounds

o       Routine or cosmetic surgeries

o       Carcinoma related wounds

o       Bedsores

o       Atopic dermatitis

o       Additional skin disorders


Benefits and Advantages

•       These compositions have minimal side effects

•       Low levels of antibodies induced

•       High potency – doses in the 100 μg/kg range

•       Could improve outcome and reduce morbidity and mortality

•       Easy topical application methods


For more information about the inventor(s) and their research, please see

Dr. Lucas’ departmental webpage

Dr. McFadden’s departmental webpage