Horizon Discovery and AstraZeneca have entered into an exclusive collaboration and license agreement to explore Horizon's first-in-class kinase target programme, HD-001, as a means of developing novel therapies for multiple cancer types. HD-001 modulates a novel kinase, which is mutated in multiple cancer types including lung and colon tumours. What is more, the target seems to be crucial in cells with K-RAS mutations, which have been found in 40% of all cancers that have become resistant to available therapeutics.
The companies said that the preclinical programme have the potential for a blockbuster drugs as K-RAS defective cells are currently not druggable. Under the terms of the agreement, Horizon will receive undisclosed upfront and preclinical milestone payments, and are eligible for clinical and approval milestones totalling up to US$75m, as well as tiered royalties.
31.03.2015 In its aim to expand its drug portfolio in orphan disease products, Horizon Pharma has acquired US company Hyperion Therapeutics for US$1.1bn in cash. The takeover entitles the UK biopharma to all of Hyperion’s common stock.
31.03.2015 Merck Serono has forged a US$941m (€876m) deal with US Intrexon for the development and commercialisation of CAR-T therapies. The new CAR-T projects are set to strengthen their R&D technology portfolio in immuno-oncology.
24.03.2015 Poland has announced the closing of a new venture capital fund at US$42m (€32m). The fund, which is the first of its kind in Poland, is dedicated to the Life Sciences with a strong connection to Central and Eastern Europe.
23.03.2015 A BASF-led consortium aims to decrease bio-based production costs using industrial biotechnology. The Horizon2020 funded consortium is the sixth project of the SPIRE Public Private Partnership and has a budget of €14m.
17.03.2015 Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will be key collaborators in a new global fund for dementia research to address the rising threat posed by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
12.03.2015 With around 1,400 companies and 2,400 participants, the springtime counterpart of BIO-Europe enjoyed a successful premiere in France this year. The overall mood of the European biotech industry was positive, and the French hosts in particular reported new initiatives.