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.
12.05.2015 US pharma is coming to European biotech to fill their pipeline. Pfizer is paying €77.5m for an option on Dutch AM-Pharma, while Juno Therapeutics acquired German biotech Stage Cell Therapeutics for around €72m.
20.05.2015 The Scottish Government has announced it will double the amount of funds for rare diseases. The New Medicines Fund that was created last year for this purpose will be increased to £80m (€112m).
30.04.2015 The European Parliament has given the go-ahead on a new law limiting the use of harmful crop-based biofuel in the transport sector. The decision marks a breakthrough in the EU’s approach to biofuels.