Dr. David Encinas, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Dr. Heidi Mansour, collaborating in the lab. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona
Suramin Repurposed to Fight Oral Mucositis and Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Tech Launch Arizona

Dr. Heidi Mansour, Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Director of Pharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics, and Dr. Rick Schnellmann, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology teamed up to create a reformulated version of Suramin -  the treatment of choice for sleeping sickness - for wound healing. Mansour’s expertise in drug delivery combined with Schnellmann’s pharmacological expertise led them to develop creams, ointments, hydrogels, nanoparticles, and viscous liquids to treat both oral mucositis and diabetic foot ulcers, providing an easy-to-use, self-administered alternative to injections.