Chemically Novel Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors

Tech ID: 21882 / UC Case 2010-108-0


The market for new therapeutic products that will combat resistant strains of infectious pathogens commands $26 billion annually.  The U.S. market share for new generation antibiotics alone is expected to reach $10 billion this year.  To overcome the growing problem of microbial resistance, drug development companies have adopted a number of strategies based on the production of beta-lactamases, including developing new beta-lactamase inhibitors that can be co-administered with beta-lactam antibiotics.  This particular strategy has yielded three beta-lactamase inhibitors are all active against most class A enzymes, such as TEM-1, but not against class C enzymes, like AmpC.  Also, these inhibitors afford no protection to cephalsoporins clinically and have never been combined, for example, with the 3rd generation cephalosporins, leaving these widely used drugs susceptible to the evolution of the extended spectrun beta-lactamases (ESBLs).  Thus there is pressing need for new inhibitors that can be combined with a primary beta-lactam, especially a cephalosporin, rescuing these first-line antibiotics for continued clinical utility.

Technology Description

Investigators at UCSF and at the University of Modena have developed a new series of beta-lactamase inhibitors that are distinct and exhibit an unexpected SAR compared to its precedent series.  They also achieve higher potencies with fewer heavy atoms, giving them higher ligand efficiency and possibly better pharmacological properties.


  • Used in combination with primary beta-lactam anitbiotics


  • Chemically novel beta-lactamase inhibitors
  • Molecules are potent and active against widespread nosocomial pathogens

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,371,337 06/21/2016 2010-108

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beta-lactamase, inhibitor, microbial resistance

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