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Mimetic Solutions LLC

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

A polymer that responds to a specific protein, peptide, or other biological molecule by rupturing is the underpinning technology for Mimetic Solutions. The company's Affinimers can release encapsulated drugs at specific locations or times. The polymers become "activated" when they interact with the biological molecule to which they've been engineered to respond-insulin, for example, in the presence of a certain amount of glucose. This sets off a series of interactions within the polymer that ultimately lead it to decompose and release its payload.

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