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In the United States, nearly 85 million people are diagnosed with a skin disorder. The most diagnosed skin diseases include fungal skin infections, acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, alopecia, and skin pigment disorders.

AniLocus partners with companies developing therapeutics for skin disorders therapeutics to utilize relevant, translational models for dermatology drug and device development.

AniLocus Services for Dermatology Drug Development

We utilize ex vivo and in vivo models for skin and connective tissue diseases including:

  • Acne
  • Albinism
  • Alopecia
  • Collagen diseases
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczematous
  • Hair Diseases
  • Neoplasms
  • Psoriasis
  • Rare Genetic Skin Diseases
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Skin Microbiome
  • Skin Pigment Disorders (Hypopigmentation/Hyperpigmentation)
  • Ulcerations
  • Vitiligo
  • Wound Healing

AniLocus Services for Dermatology Medical Devices

We also conduct preclinical toxicology studies to assess medical devices with adhesion for topical and transdermal delivery systems (TDS). We can assist in studies that thoroughly test drug safety, efficiency, efficacy, and consistency.

Multiple animal models are used in preclinical product development including:

  • Gene knockout/knockin/trapped
  • Transgenic rodents
  • Chemically-Induced Point Mutation rodents
  • Stress-induced models
  • Drug-Induced models
  • Wound/Laceration Models
  • Metabolically-induced models (Diet-induced, Metabolic disorder, micronutrient deficient)
  • And more…

We conduct translational animal studies (in vivo and in vitro) collecting detailed, comprehensive results with rapid turnaround.

Drug modalities are different types of therapeutic agents. Each drug is a customizable tool designed for therapeutic intervention. The question is…does your product work and is it safe?

At AniLocus, we conduct relevant preclinical studies to assess any drug modality:

  • Antibodies (nanobodies, monoclonal)
  • Gene therapy (CRISPR, TALEN)
  • Viral therapy (adenovirus-AAV, lentivirus)
  • Oligo- and polypeptides (e.g., stapled and modified peptides)
  • Oligo- and polynucleotides (e.g., siRNAs, mRNAs, aptamers)
  • Polyglycosides
  • Macrocyclic molecules
  • Drug conjugates (e.g., antibody–drug conjugates, drug–drug conjugates, fluorescence-labeled drugs)
  • Targeted protein degraders (e.g., proteolysis-targeting chimeras (PROTACs) and molecular glues) that induce a chemical knockdown of proteins
  • Cellular therapies (stem cells, allogenic, autologous)

Using animal and human cells and tissue we can perform multiple interrogative assays depending on therapeutic area and sample type:

  • DNA: Extraction, PCR, ddPCR, qPCR, sequencing, genotyping
  • RNA: Gene expression profiling, RT-PCR, miRNA, Next-generation sequencing (Nanostring, Illumina), spatial transcriptomics, In situ hybridization (ISH), Multiplex ISH
  • Protein: Immunoassays (ELISA, EIA, Luminex), proteomics, ligand binding assays, protein expression, immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunocytochemistry (ICC), and  immunofluorescence (IF)
  • And more!
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  6. Lewis, B., & Branch, D. R. (2020). Mouse Models of Rheumatoid Arthritis for Studies on Immunopathogenesis and Preclinical Testing of Fc Receptor-Targeting Biologics. Pharmacology, 105(11-12), 618–629. < >.
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