Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

U.S. News
Florida A&M University Professor Receives Patent for Highly Effective Anti-HIV Compounds

December 13, 2012

Kinfe Ken Redda, interim vice president of research at Florida A&M University (FAMU), and his research team have received a patent for the development of therapeutic agents suitable for treating humans who are infected with HIV. They were awarded US Patent #8,314,143 titled, "Synthetic Flavonoids and Pharmaceutical Compositions and Therapeutic Methods of Treatment of HIV Infection and other Pathologies." Redda was principal investigator and co-inventor.

The patent includes a group of compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are present in vascular plants and are known for their range of biological activities. Redda's team has developed compounds that are synthetic flavonoid derivatives designed to target a specific enzyme, HIV integrase. Redda stated that the compounds showed superior inhibitory activities compared to zidovudine (AZT), a drug used for HIV treatment. He admits that there is a long way to go before the right remedy for treating HIV is developed, but Redda believes that they have taken the first step, and sees great potential for the compounds to become an effective HIV/AIDS treatment.

Back to other news for December 2012

Excerpted from: (Valdosta)

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:

General Disclaimer: is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.