11.04.2013 - Fuelled by €1.1m of EU money, six European partners from industry and academia plan to find kinase-targeting drugs in a venture called TAKTIC.
A focussed group of three SMEs and three academic partners form the Translational Kinase Tumour Inhibitor Discovery Consortium (TAKTIC). Members announced on 10 April the creation of the consortium which is financed to the tune of €1.1m by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme “Research for the Benefit of SMEs”. The industry partners comprise SARomics Biostructures from Lund (Sweden), Prestwick Chemical from Illkirch (France) and ProQinase GmbH from Freiburg (Germany). The collaborating academic scientists work at the University of Turin (Italy) the Israel Structural Proteomics Center (ISPC) at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the TechMedIll platform of the University of Strasbourg (France).
Targeting kinases has become one of the most important therapeutic opportunities for treating cancer, diabetes, inflammatory diseases and more. The TAKTIC Consortium offers its members extensive expertise in medicinal chemistry, kinase biochemistry as well as state-of-the-art high-throughput platforms for protein expression and crystallisation. The merging of the highly complementary capabilities of the six partners within TAKTIC enables an efficient and versatile kinase drug discovery platform that will target some challenging and medically important kinases, the partners said in a joint press release.
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