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Feb 15, 2007

BioFocus to Provide Lead-Optimization for Compound that Induces Tumor-Cell Suicide

  • Galapagos and the University of Bristol entered into a new discovery collaboration in the field of cancer research. Galapagos' service division, BioFocus, will provide lead-optimization services for the University’s research program focusing on destroying cancer cells.

    Total contract value for Galapagos exceeds Euro $2M in research fees over two years.

    Scientists at ProXara Biotechnology, a spin-out from the University of Bristol, discovered drug-like compounds that prevent PKB activation and make tumor cells commit suicide. BioFocus will apply its Admensa technology to help optimize these drug-like compounds and select a candidate for clinical trials.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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