10.07.2012 - Evotec has announced a license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals on a portfolio of small molecules and biologics.
The subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson targets a novel academic-biotech collaboration called CureBeta built around a portfolio of diabetes treatments in regenerative medicine put together in the lab of Harvard scientist Douglas Melton. The pharma pays a modest upfront of US$8m for the rights but promised to pay US$300m in milestones per programme. J&J receives the global exclusive rights to the programmes, which involve insulin-producing beta cells. Harvard and Evotec agreed to share profits. In the first stage of the collaboration, Harvard, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Germanbiotech Evotec worked on new assays and tools for regenerating beta cells. With the help of J&J's research expertise, the partners hope to make all stages until approval. The appearance of a big pharma completes the alliance that comprised only academic researchers and a biotech company. "We have not only achieved our scientific goals of creating a superior beta cell drug discovery platform and generating a deep pipeline of novel and exciting targets, but we have also established a new model of collaboration between academia and industry that has proven highly efficient and effective in accelerating innovative scientific development," said Dr. Cord Dohrmann, the CSO at Evotec. Elmar Kraus, analyst at DZ Bank said: "Evotec promised and delivered a research and development alliance with one of the big players inthe field in the already huge and growing indication of diabetes. With this, the CureBeta initiative, established in 2011 with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) at Harvard has already paid off." Evotec shares rose 18% at the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt.
04.05.2016 Barcelona-based epigenetics expert Oryzon Genomics has closed a debt funding round of €10.5m, bringing the total money raised since last year to €27m. The funds will serve to advance the company’s two LSD1 inhibitors in cancer and neurodegeneration.
03.05.2016 Ipsen is strengthening its ties to long-time development partner Oncodesign, a Dijon-based cancer treatment biotech. The French pharma is handing over the pre-clinical pharmacology for its oncology research programmes to Oncodesign.
29.04.2016 Swiss bank Group UBS has raised US$471m (€412m) for the UBS Oncology Impact Fund, which was set up to invest in early-stage cancer treatments. The money raised by the fund, nearly half of which comes from investors in Asia, is the largest amount ever raised for such a cancer investment fund.
27.04.2016 More revenue, more jobs, more financing, more R&D expenditure – all signs point towards sustainable growth in the German biotech sector. These are the results of the most recent company survey 2016, published by biotechnologie.de. The report was once again conducted alongside the biotech standards defined by the organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD).
21.04.2016 An expert panel’s final report on the fatal drug trial earlier this year in France states that the death of one of the participants was most likely caused by the drug’s toxicity and not by any violation of the rules.
21.04.2016 For up to US$685m (€606m), Dutch ArgenX has outlicensed its human antibody programme ARGX-115 to AbbVie. The pre-clinical immuno-oncology candidate targets a protein believed to contribute to immunosuppressive effects of T-cells.
19.04.2016 British drug developer Heptares Therapeutics and mAb maker Kymab Ltd have partnered up in yet another immuno-oncology collaboration. The companies plan to discover antibody meds targeting a superfamily of receptors.
15.04.2016 Not every company is put off by the current stock market climate. Swiss biopharma company GeNeuro has gone public at Euronext Paris, raising €33m in the process. Others, meanwhile, have to find different ways to raise money.
13.04.2016 Despite political disturbances, 2015 was a good year for the biotech scene in Switzerland. Net sales increased by 5.1% to CHF5,133m and 400 additional people found jobs in the sector. As usual, the new numbers were presented at the annual Swiss Biotech Day – which set new records as well.