Under the terms of this agreement Graffinity, a NovAliX subsidiary, will be responsible for the discovery of specific small molecule lead candidates for a novel exploratory target chosen by Servier. NovAliX will identify hits using its Graffinity fragment-based screening technology that combines chemical micro-arrays with a proprietary SPR-imaging method for the detection of compound protein interactions. NovAliX will receive technology access fees and research funding from Servier.
"We look forward to utilizing NovAliX’s strong capabilities in biophysics and lead generation methodologies for this novel discovery program" said Bernard Marchand, PhD, Head of Servier Discovery Research.
Stephan Jenn, President of NovAliX, said "This drug discovery collaboration with a leading global pharmaceutical confirms the quality of our technologies and science, and underlines the value of our platform as an important tool to deliver valuable lead candidates."
Servier is a privately-run French research-based pharmaceutical company with a 2011 turnover of € 3.9 billion. Servier invests 25% of its turn over in R&D. Current therapeutic domains for Servier are cardiovascular,metabolic,neurological,psychiatric and bone and joint diseases as well as oncology. Servier is established in 140 countries worldwide with over 20.000 employees.
NovAliX is providing enabling chemistry and biophysical technologies to support the pharmaceutical industry’s outsourcing needs from discovery to manufacturing. With proprietary SPR technology, X-ray protein crystallography, supramolecular mass spectrometry and chemistry NovAliX offers comprehensive integrated services for small molecule drug discovery.
With advanced NMR technologies, NovAliX provides fine characterization of biologics, thorough analysis of APIs and polymorphism studies to support pharmaceutical development and manufacturing teams.
NovAliX Group, a team of 130 scientists, is located in Strasbourg-Illkirch (France) and Heidelberg (Germany).
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