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Sanofi's Mediterranean love affair

13.03.2012

Paris/Barcelona – French pharma company Sanofi strengthens its ties with the Spanish research institution CGR (Center for Genomic Regulation) in Barcelona. CGR stated on 12 March that the two partners agreed upon three years of joint research activities. The main topical focus will be on rare and genetic diseases. On the method's side bioinformatics will move over to the centre. The aim is to develop computational tools that aid in translating basic science into profitable products. Beyond that, the broad partnership also includes projects in the fields of medical genetics and epigenetics. The first endeavours will tackle infectious diseases and specifically the question of how to deliver therapeutics using synthetic biology approaches. Over the course of the collaboration, additional projects are also intended for launch. So far nothing is known about the nature of these projects or the financial terms of the agreement. CGR is a regular feature on the news ticker these days. It was only last Wednesday when Sanofi and the CGR announced the drug company's €1m investment in CGR-research about cellular reprogramming and synthetic biology in lung diseases, an agreement lasting for just one and a half years but with both sides expressing their commitment to extend the collaboration afterwards. Moreover, in mid-February, the CGR which is supported by both the regional government of Catalonia and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, was already kicking-off of a €12m European stem cell project called 4DCellFate

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