A Universal Biomarkerfor cancer
Travera is using a breakthrough technology to measure which cancer drugs work against each individual’s unique cancer cells. We are developing a universal biomarker for enabling oncologists to quickly determine which drugs to prescribe based on the actual responses of their patients’ tumor cells to candidate drugs.
Travera was founded in 2017 to commercialize a breakthrough measurement technology and biomarker developed in the Manalis Laboratory in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Travera Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded Travera a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $1 million to conduct research and development (R&D) of the company’s suspended microchannel resonator (SMR) platform for personalized medicine in cancer. This grant is intended to help the company further develop methods and techniques that will be used to offer new tests for guiding the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) patients.
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Read our new white paper
The purpose of this white paper is to provide an overview of how therapies are selected for cancer patients and explain the current challenges of precision medicine and points to a promising future for personalizing cancer therapies.
Travera’s solution is to try drugs on the OUTSIDE of the patient rather than INSIDE. That is, remove some of the cancer cells from the patient and apply the drugs to these removed (“ex vivo”) cancer cells. We can then try many different cancer drugs (in very small quantities) against these cancer cells. This approach completely eliminates toxicity, dramatically reduces the cost (because we only need enough drug to treat a few cells, not a whole person), and only takes a couple of days.