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BioFocus Receives Rapid Response Innovation Award from The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Grant will support the development of a novel Parkinson’s disease cell model.

BioFocus has announced that it has received a Rapid Response Innovation Award from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a not-for-profit organization focused on developing therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

BioFocus will use the investment to develop a high-throughput, high-content assay platform to support the discovery of targets and agents that break the pathogenic loop between glucocerebrosidase (GBA) and a-synuclein, considered to be a major mechanism leading to Parkinson’s disease.

The project is further supported by a new collaboration between BioFocus and Professor Tony Schapira, Institute of Neurology, University College London, a renowned medical researcher in Parkinson’s disease.

Prof. Tony Schapira commented: “The link between mutations in the GBA gene and Parkinson’s disease has been affirmed by multiple clinical studies. The development of a disease-relevant cell model system to support drug discovery on this mechanism will be a critical asset to the Parkinson’s disease research community.”

Prof. Julie Frearson, Senior Director Scientific Alliances and Translational Research, BioFocus, said: “We are delighted and honored to receive this grant. This funding will allow BioFocus to continue tackling novel and challenging therapeutic mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease.”

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