Navigation Links
Cellzome Announces Second Major Strategic Drug Discovery Alliance with GlaxoSmithKline in Inflammatory Disease
Date:3/10/2010

Collaboration Exploits Cellzome's World-Leading Proteomics Technology in Epigenetics

CAMBRIDGE, England and HEIDELBERG, Germany, March 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellzome today announced that it has formed a second strategic alliance with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). This new collaboration gives GSK exclusive access to Cellzome's proprietary Episphere(TM) technology in the emerging field of epigenetics as applied to immunoinflammatory disease. Epigenetic mechanisms play a key role in controlling immune cell differentiation and inflammatory gene expression during an excessive inflammatory response.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work together using Cellzome's Episphere(TM) technology platform, to identify selective small-molecule drug candidates against targets from four different epigenetic target classes. The companies will share operational responsibility for the programs until identification of drug candidates, at which stage GSK will assume responsibility for any further preclinical and clinical development and commercialisation.

Under the financial terms, Cellzome will receive an upfront payment of EUR33 million, comprising technology access fees and the purchase of equity. In addition, Cellzome is eligible for milestone payments and tiered royalties for each programme. Milestone payments under this collaboration could reach over EUR475 million if all programmes under the alliance are successfully developed and commercialised.

Tim Edwards, Chief Executive Officer of Cellzome, said: "We are delighted to form another major alliance with GSK, using our leading technology and people to find transformative medicines in this exciting field of biology. Combining forces with GSK will accelerate the development of new anti-inflammatory drugs for the benefit of patients."

About Cellzome

Cellzome is a privately-owned drug discovery and development company, and a leader in the use of chemical proteomics technologies to identify a new generation of drug candidates for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.

Our pipeline of small-molecule therapeutics is driven by Kinobeads(TM), a proprietary technology for screening and profiling kinases in their physiological context. We have developed a new technology, called Episphere(TM) to address epigenetic targets in disease-specific protein complexes. Our goal is to identify oral therapeutics for inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

In addition to the alliance with GSK in the field of epigenetics, Cellzome has another strategic alliance with GSK to discover, develop and market kinase-targeted therapeutics to treat inflammatory disease and an alliance with Johnson & Johnson focused on the discovery of novel medicines for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Cellzome's holding company is domiciled in the US and it employs about 90 people at its two R&D laboratories in Cambridge, UK and Heidelberg, Germany. To learn more about Cellzome, please visit the website: http://www.cellzome.com.

About Episphere(TM) and epigenetics

Episphere(TM) is a chemical proteomics technology for the discovery of novel drugs directed against targets involved in epigenetic regulation. The technology allows the screening and profiling of inhibitors of epigenetic targets in their native environment, directly in the lysate of cells and tissues and can also differentiate between the complexes these targets operate in. The term epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression and phenotype caused by mechanisms other than changes in DNA sequence. One major mechanism is the specific enzymatic modification of histone tails, which affects the packaging of DNA into chromatin and through that controls the transcription of specific genes. Enzymes, such as histone deacetylases (HDAC) or methyltransferases (HMT) can change the modification of the histone tails and therefore change the 'histone code'. Dysregulation of these modifications is thought to play a central role in cancer and in chronic degenerative diseases like neurological and autoimmune disease. The enzymes which carry out these histone modifications are part of large multifunctional protein complexes, which represent attractive novel targets for drug discovery.

SOURCE Cellzome

Back to top
'/>"/>
SOURCE Cellzome
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. InterMune Announces Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Outcome of FDA Advisory Committee
2. Micromet Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock
3. Orthopaedic Synergy, Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Praxim, SA.
4. MiMedx Group Announces Addition of Sales Director for Europe
5. Arbor Pharmaceuticals Announces the Launch of Pediaderm(TM) HC Complete Kit - A Comprehensive Approach to the Management of Atopic Dermatitis
6. Orexigen(R) Therapeutics Announces Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2009 Financial Results
7. INSYS Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Positive Phase III Efficacy Trial Results for Fentanyl Sublingual Spray
8. Genomic Health Announces Publication of Study Using Oncotype DX(R) in Node-Negative and Node-Positive Breast Cancer Patients Treated With Aromatase Inhibitors
9. BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. Announces Availability of XIAFLEX(TM) for the Treatment of Dupuytrens Contracture
10. Microfluidics Announces Two New Board Members
11. Lexicon Announces Proposed $95 Million Common Stock Offering
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion ... notable awards. Ranked as number one in the South Florida ... time in Inc. 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy ... Armando Bardisa will soon be honored by SFBJ ... Set to receive his award in ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced today ... the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the ... the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis ... are needed to further evaluate the safety of sirukumab ... "We are ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , Sept. 19, 2017   ZirMed Inc ., a ... today announced that it has been ranked #1 by its ... Book™ Rankings 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was recognized as ... large hospitals and medical centers over 200 beds and holds ... healthcare technology user survey history. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International ... promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening ... 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families ... However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client ... elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... will be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of ... that focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and San Francisco dentists, Dr. ... Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans are estimated to suffer ... Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 percent of people with ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):