PsychoGenics Expands Drug Discovery Relationship with Eli Lilly and Company
News Feb 01, 2008
PsychoGenics Inc. has announced that it has entered into an additional drug discovery agreement with Eli Lilly and Company. Per the agreement, Lilly will supply pre-candidate compounds that PsychoGenics will evaluate using its proprietary drug discovery technologies, for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.
PsychoGenics and Lilly aim to jointly identify drug candidates suitable for clinical development. Upon Lilly's further development of clinical candidates, PsychoGenics would receive research and milestone payments, and royalties.
Dr. Emer Leahy, President and CEO of PsychoGenics, said, "We are delighted to once again work with Lilly and play an integral and expanding role in a successful drug discovery collaboration. We are confident that by combining the complementary strengths and expertise of PsychoGenics and Lilly, we may identify a new generation of treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders.”
PsychoGenics’ technologies combine its broad in vivo behavioral expertise together with recent developments in robotics, computer vision and bio/cheminformatics to evaluate drug candidates for potential utility across the spectrum of neuropsychiatric disease indications.
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