- Evotec AG
- Manfred Eigen Campus, Essener Bogen 7
- 22419 Hamburg
- Gabriele Hansen
- +49 (40) 56081-255
Evotec enters into research collaboration with CRTD to discover novel therapies for retinal diseases
- COLLABORATION HIGHLIGHTS EVT INNOVATE'S BUSINESS MODEL TO ACCESS LEADING ACADEMIC EXPERTISE
- CRTD'S NEXT GENERATION STEM CELL MODELLING WILL ACCELERATE EVOTEC'S ABILITY TO DISCOVER NEW RETINAL DISEASE DRUGS
Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) today announced that it has entered into a research collaboration with the Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden ("CRTD") to discover novel small molecule candidates for retinal diseases. CRTD is a recognised leader in understanding the biology of stem cells to develop new therapies for neurodegenerative and haematological diseases. Under the terms of the collaboration, Evotec will leverage CRTD's expertise in stem cell-based retinal disease modelling and will apply its leading induced pluripotent stem cell ("iPSC") technology platform to identify promising drug candidates for potential clinical development.
The global retinal dystrophy market - which includes both rare genetic diseases as well as glaucoma, AMD and diabetic retinopathy - represents millions of patients. Whilst cell replacement and gene therapies will likely play an important role in the future, there continues to be a need for small molecule treatments as both monotherapy and in combination with other therapies. Through the use of patient-derived iPSCs and subsequent differentiation into various cell types contained in the retina, the collaboration aims to build highly relevant "disease-in-a-dish" models that may lead to potential cures for the major causes of blindness.
Prof. Ezio Bonifacio, Director, CRTD, said: "As an academic institution where our employees and students hail from more than 30 different countries, CRTD was founded on scientific principles that support strong interdisciplinary research on a global scale. Due to this, we recognise the importance of generating more productive relationships between academia and industry across all countries. As a leading discovery alliance partner, we believe that Evotec shares our bold vision and are
very pleased to collaborate with the company under its EVT Innovate platform. We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at Evotec to discover new therapeutic approaches for retinal diseases and laying the groundwork for better overall human health."
Dr Cord Dohrmann, Chief Scientific Officer of Evotec, commented: "We are very pleased to enter into this collaboration with CRTD in the field of retinal diseases, which constitutes a market of enormous unmet medical need. CRTD is a world leader in stem cell-derived modelling of retinal disease and thus fits perfectly into our strategy to continue to build and expand Evotec's unique iPSC based drug discovery platform."
Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR REGENERATIVE THERAPIES DRESDEN (CRTD)
Founded in 2006, the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), Cluster of Excellence at the Technische Universität Dresden, focuses research on the elucidation of the regenerative potential of human cells and tissues and aims to develop novel therapies for hitherto untreatable diseases. Basic and clinical research programs are focused on the key areas of haematology and immunology, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and bone regeneration. CRTD is part of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB), a central institute of the Technische Universität Dresden. For more information go to www.crt-dresden.de and @CRTDpress.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
Information set forth in this press release contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgement of Evotec as of the date of this press release. Such forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
Für die oben stehenden Pressemitteilungen, das angezeigte Event bzw. das Stellenangebot sowie für das angezeigte Bild- und Tonmaterial ist allein der jeweils angegebene Herausgeber (siehe Firmeninfo bei Klick auf Bild/Meldungstitel oder Firmeninfo rechte Spalte) verantwortlich. Dieser ist in der Regel auch Urheber der Pressetexte sowie der angehängten Bild-, Ton- und Informationsmaterialien.
Die Nutzung von hier veröffentlichten Informationen zur Eigeninformation und redaktionellen Weiterverarbeitung ist in der Regel kostenfrei. Bitte klären Sie vor einer Weiterverwendung urheberrechtliche Fragen mit dem angegebenen Herausgeber. Bei Veröffentlichung senden Sie bitte ein Belegexemplar an firstname.lastname@example.org.