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A Scalable Formulation for Engineering Combination Therapies for Evolutionary Dynamics of Disease

By Vanessa Jonsson, Anders Rantzer, Richard M. Murray

Posted 07 Nov 2013
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/000075 (published DOI: 10.1109/ACC.2014.6859452)

It has been shown that optimal controller synthesis for positive systems can be formulated as a linear program. Leveraging these results, we propose a scalable iterative algorithm for the systematic design of sparse, small gain feedback strategies that stabilize the evolutionary dynamics of a generic disease model. We achieve the desired feedback structure by augmenting the optimization problems with l1 and l2 regularization terms, and illustrate our method on an example inspired by an experimental study aimed at finding appropriate HIV neutralizing antibody therapy combinations in the presence of escape mutants.

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