Publication date: 26/02/2019
VIB, KU Leuven’s Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3) and Beactica AB, the Swedish drug discovery company, are proud to announce a new partnership. The three parties will be working together in a drug discovery project to address critical unmet needs in the area of inflammation. The partnership goal is to generate new leads against an innovative target for a range of inflammatory conditions.
The collaboration will leverage core capabilities of each partner and builds on the work of Prof. Dr Savvas Savvides (VIB-UGent), whose major research focus concerns macromolecular signalling complexes pivotal to inflammation. The alliance will use Beactica’s proprietary drug discovery platform that enables the identification of novel small molecule modulators against challenging target proteins. CD3’s drug discovery capabilities, including its medicinal chemistry resources and expertise, will be driving the optimisation of small molecule modulators towards new medicines. VIB Discovery Sciences will focus on the translational research needed to deliver validated candidates for small molecule or biologic therapeutics. Fully embedded in VIB’s technology transfer unit, VIB Discovery Sciences consists of a team of senior industry-trained technical scientists with significant expertise in drug discovery biology. The terms of the collaboration have not been disclosed.
"We are delighted to be entering into this new collaboration with CD3 and VIB, who have done pioneering work on important inflammation targets,” said Per Källblad, CEO of Beactica. “Our discovery portfolio concentrates on areas where there is an urgent need for high quality leads with potential for rapid progression into development. Collaborating with world-leading academic groups and drug discovery centres provides an efficient and flexible way to add value to the company.”
Jérôme Van Biervliet, Head of Business Development and VIB Discovery Sciences at VIB: “We are delighted to partner with Beactica and CD3 on this exciting project, based on the work of the lab of Savvas Savvides (VIB-UGent). Starting from the innovative science from our VIB scientists, we can leverage the expertise of our drug discovery team at VIB Discovery Sciences. In this collaboration, we can foster the optimal transition from academic science into development of innovative products.”
”By providing drug discovery expertise and resources, CD3 translates fundamental biomedical research carried out by universities and small biotech companies into promising molecules for new medicines”, said Patrick Chaltin, Managing Director at CD3. “We really look forward to work with Beactica and VIB to discover new molecules that can change the way inflammatory conditions are treated.”