Scottish Biomedical Announces Korean Drug Discovery Collaboration
News Feb 01, 2006
Scottish Biomedical has announced that it has entered into a research collaboration focused on the development of a new drug for diabetes with South Korean pharmaceutical company Chong Kun Dang (CKD).
Under the terms of the agreement, Scottish Biomedical will provide biology and medicinal chemistry expertise to optimize small molecule compounds that have been identified by Scottish Biomedical as active against a validated diabetes drug target.
The Scottish Biomedical/CKD collaboration was one of 7 international projects submitted to KHIDI, the Korean Health Industry Development Institute under the International collaborative Research Programme for Drug Development.
"We are delighted to have won through against extremely strong international competition and we are looking forward to joining with CKD in exploiting a discovery made in Scotland to develop a drug offering hope to diabetes sufferers everywhere," said Dr Stephen Hammond, CEO of Scottish Biomedical.
Scottish Biomedical’s drug discovery business integrates ethical tissue acquisition, molecular biology, protein technology, high-throughput screening, cell biology, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, to identify & validate drug targets and discover & optimise lead compounds.
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