TORSKAL is an international biotechnology company, a pioneer of green nanotechnology. We design disruptive gold nanoparticles for cancer therapy using green chemistry. As a biotechnology company, we are committed to the development of a new generation of non-toxic and eco-friendly nanomaterials for the treatment of surface and deep cancers. We have discovered an innovative, green, and patented way of producing gold nanoparticles, leveraging Indian Ocean endemic plants, that can have many applications in health.
OUR MISSION: To reduce the damage caused by conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy; and destroy the tumor in a single dose using heat without affecting healthy tissue.
OUR VISION: To revolutionize cancer therapy using a green chemistry approach that is not only more efficient than current conventional cancer therapies, but also adds value by creating a sustainable environment.
Founded in 2015, TORSKAL is a rapidly growing start-up which is backed by a network of international experts and multidisciplinary top-leading academic research labs (Oncopole, CEA, Pasteur Institute, etc.) Our focus is on oncology with several nanotheranostics (monitoring and treatment) candidates in development, and our first one, Nanotheranostics Project – NT1 is entering phase 1 clinical trials in melanoma.
Advantage of using gold nanoparticles over chemotherapy in treating cancer:
Genesis of the project
Cancer in a few figures: Cancer remains a major public health problem. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide, affecting more than half of the population. The disease is estimated to be responsible for nearly 10 million deaths worldwide in 2020, as per WHO. Nearly one in six deaths worldwide is due to cancer.
Credit: Globocan 2020
The ideal health product is one that has no side effects, is effective against the tumor and accumulates in the tumor. Conversely, if it is distributed everywhere, it should be non-toxic and remotely activated. By adding specific ligands to their surface, nanoparticles will be able to move to targeted locations in our body. The purpose of using these nanoparticles is to improve therapy, while avoiding the exposure of our body to a risk of toxicity. Some nanoparticles are now being developed for use as theranostics, a method using imaging to map cancer sites for targeted treatment.
“I used the knowledge acquired in chemistry and biochemistry to design this tool: a hybrid nanotheranostic-type object made from natural elements, capable of destroying tumor cells by heat without affecting healthy cells”.
– Anne-Laure Morel, Founder & President
The problem: Conventional chemotherapy remains toxic, poorly targeted and leads to numerous undesirable effects. Immuno-oncology and personalized medicine are controversial in the EU due to their prohibitive costs and the effectiveness of immunotherapy is discussed by physicians. In response to these problems, TORSKAL creates non-toxic and ecologically designed anti-cancer drugs from medicinal plants, water and gold salts .
Lyophilised plant extract, plant powder and dried plant leaves
The mechanism of action of plasmonic phototherapy: