RNA is largely unexplored as a drug target, representing an exciting opportunity to open a new universe of life-changing therapeutics for a wide range of health conditions. However, progress in this space is hampered by a lack of effective methods to visualize and understand how RNA structures interact with candidate drugs. This major limitation can result in ineffective molecules being progressed through the drug development pipeline with consequent costly failure during late preclinical or early clinical stages.
MAGNA™ offers a powerful new way to explore RNA-ligand interactions. Based on established magnetic force spectroscopy technology, MAGNA™ precisely measures how the biophysical properties of RNA structures change as ligands bind to them. This real-time view reveals vital information about binding kinetics and mode of action. Uniquely suited to studying the complex interactions between small molecules, proteins, and target RNAs, MAGNA™ enables confident hit-to-lead selection and optimization, accelerating and de-risking the development of novel RNA-targeted small molecule therapeutics.
MAGNA™ can also be used to characterize interactions between RNA and RNA binding proteins (RBPs). RBPs play a central role in regulating RNA biology and are implicated in a multitude of disorders including various cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, making them an attractive therapeutic target.
“The technology you have is really tailor made for a very efficient screen and minimizing false positives and avoiding false negatives. This is what it is all about. The accuracy and the resolution you have could be a game changer”
Gerhard Muller, CSO, SpiroChem