Williams Talks to KXAN About How Thin Film Freezing Can Help Treat COVID Patients

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July 30, 2021
Division Head and Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Dr. Bill Williams was on KXAN News to talk about promising new data from TFF Pharmaceuticals and Augmenta Bioworks. The companies plan to develop Dr. Williams' thin film freezing technology to better deliver antibody treatment directly to the lungs of COVID patients.

Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Has a Glowing New Weapon

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June 2, 2021
Chemistry Assistant Professor Emily Que, Ph.D. and the College of Pharmacy’s Walt Fast, Ph.D. are working together to research new methods to fight against antibiotic resistance. The fluorescent chemical probe developed by Que and Fast may help find a different way to combat resistant bacteria.

Has a UT Professor Found a Way to Stop COVID-19 Vaccines From Spoiling?

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February 24, 2021
Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Professor Maria A. Croyle, Ph.D. received extensive coverage in the March 2021 edition of Texas Monthly regarding her innovative peelable film drug delivery research. Among its many potential applications, Dr. Croyle’s technology could deliver COVID-19 vaccines through a small oral strip, without need for refrigeration or extensive storage and transportation infrastructure.

Croyle Earns Funding for SARS-CoV-2 Research

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January 13, 2021
Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery professor Maria A. Croyle R.Ph., Ph.D. earned 2021’s David Lehr Research Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Dr. Croyle will receive research funding to investigate novel regulatory mechanisms of drug metabolism in the context of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 and after recovery.

Williams Wants to Turn COVID-19 Vaccine into Powder to Help with Storage and Distribution

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November 25, 2020
Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Professor Robert O. (Bill) Williams III, Ph.D. talks to CBS Austin about the potential for his thin film freezing technology to increase the shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available.

New Thin Film Technology to Revolutionize Storage and Distribution of Biologic Treatments and Vaccines

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September 29, 2020
The newly-formed Jurata Thin Film will work to bring Dr. Maria Croyle's thin film technology to market, allowing biologics and vaccines to be packaged, shipped, and stored at room temperature for extended periods of time.

Inhaled Niclosamide a Potential Effective Antiviral to Treat COVID-19

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September 29, 2020
Researchers in the lab of Dr. Hugh D.C. Smyth have released promising results of a new method to treat SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The antiviral niclosamide, when incorporated with human lysozyme as a carrier molecule, shows potential as an effective COVID-19 treatment when delivered directly to the airways.

Live Subject Testing Shows Promising Delivery Method for COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment

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September 23, 2020
Live subject testing results from the Williams Lab show that dry powder inhalation could be a potent and effective delivery method of the antiviral remdesivir to treat patients affected by COVID-19.

New Delivery Method Could Make Niclosamide an Effective Antiviral to Treat COVID-19

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April 6, 2020
A team of researchers in the college, led by Robert O. (Bill) Williams III and Hugh D. Smyth, is investigating varying methods of drug delivery to repurpose existing drugs in order to treat and prevent serious COVID-19 virus symptoms in patients.

Williams named Inventor of the Year

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November 3, 2017
Bill Williams was named the 2017 Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization.