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May 17, 2007

Vernalis and Servier Research Group Ink Discovery Deal

  • Vernalis and Servier entered into a joint, three-year, oncology drug discovery collaboration. Under the terms of the collaboration, which utilizes Vernalis' drug discovery platform on an undisclosed target, Vernalis will receive an upfront payment and a share in the downstream success of the product.

    "The partnership with Vernalis is a major step in our strategy to increase our efforts in the development of novel anti-cancer therapeutic approaches," remarks Emmanuel Canet, M.D., Ph.D., vp Servier R&D. “This collaboration will expedite the discovery of innovative compounds with potential use in therapeutic indications with high unmet medical need.”



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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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