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HitGen Enters into DNA-Encoded Library Based Drug Discovery Research Collaboration with Galapagos NV

Thursday, October 17, 2019

HitGen Inc. today announced that it has entered into a drug discovery research collaboration with Galapagos NV to identify potential small molecule leads against targets of interest to Galapagos NV. In this collaboration, HitGen will apply its technology platform, based on DNA-encoded library design, synthesis and interrogation, to discover novel leads. Under the terms of the agreement, HitGen will receive an undisclosed upfront payment and will be eligible for milestone payments from Galapagos NV.

“We are delighted to enter this collaboration with Galapagos NV, a leading biotechnology company, specializing in the discovery and development of small molecule medicines with novel modes of action. We believe the collaboration reinforces the role of HitGen’s platform in the rapidly developing field of DNA-encoded chemistry. We will work closely with Galapagos NV scientists to generate new small-molecule lead compounds for their research programs to help bring transformative medicines to patients,” said Dr. Jin Li, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of HitGen.

“We look forward to working with HitGen and tap into their established DEL technology platform to complement our internal screening and drug discovery technologies.” said Romain Gosmini, Director Medicinal Chemistry at Galapagos.

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