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Oncodesign and HitGen Announce a Strategic Partnership in Integrated Drug Discovery Services (IDDS)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

ONCODESIGN announced the start of a worldwide strategic alliance in Integrated Drug Discovery Services for the identification and progression of new chemical entities, spanning from Hit finding up to preparation of the Investigational New Drug filing.

Facilitating this joint integrated drug discovery service, HitGen will apply its powerful DNA Encoded Library (DEL) technology platform and its large collection of novel, diverse and drug-like DELs. This technology has gained widespread interest in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors in recent years, driven by broad-based success in identifying novel, tractable small-molecule ligands for novel therapeutic targets.

Oncodesign will carry on the innovation process through its DRIVE-for small molecules discovery new services offer capitalizing on its innovative technology and solid experience in drug discovery and extensive disease biology expertise in Oncology and Inflammatory diseases to design and deliver leads and preclinical candidates of high quality for progressing them up to the IND submission.

Through this strategic partnership in Integrated Drug Discovery Services, Oncodesign strengthens the fully integrated drug discovery support required to develop programs from target identification through to IND submission. These joint capabilities enable clients in the pharma industry to leverage the benefits of HitGen’s DEL technology platform with Oncodesign’s drug development expertise in major therapeutic areas with the aim to discover and progress new drug candidates towards a clinical proof-of-concept.

Fabrice Viviani, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief of Oncodesign Services said: "We are extremely delighted to engage with HitGen, a highly recognized and world leader in DNA-encoded libraries, into this strategic partnership. We are excited to join our forces and complementary expertise within the DRIVE-for small molecules offer to further gain recognition of our ability to identify and generate together novel pre-clinical candidates ready to progress into the clinic."

Philippe Genne, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Oncodesign added: “Through this partnership, we are building an innovative technological continuum aiming to provide clients with a complete service offer in the development of drug candidates. Perfectly complementary with our expertise, HitGen's technology is positioned upstream on the value chain of Drug Discovery process and, thus, enables us now to generate hits, compounds with desired activity related to the new therapeutic targets. This alliance will support our expansion on the IDDS market, which until now has been reserved for larger Contract Research Organizations (CRO). This agreement gives us an international positioning, including Asia, the US and Europe. The co-branding around the DRIVE -SM offer will be an efficient leverage to generate commercial synergies. The marketing of the IDDS offer is a strategic element for the growth of our service revenue and the achievement of our 2023 objectives.”

Jin Lin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HitGen added: “We are delighted to enter this collaboration with Oncodesign. We believe the collaboration will reinforce the role and reputation of HitGen’s platform in the rapidly developing field of DNA-encoded libraries (DELs) and further accelerate the effective translation from DEL hits to clinical candidates for a variety of therapeutic targets.”

About HitGen Inc.:

HitGen is a rapidly growing biotech company with headquarters based in Chengdu, China, with a subsidiary in the USA. HitGen has established an industry-leading platform for early-stage drug discovery research centered on DNA encoded chemical libraries (DELs). HitGen’s DELs include encoded syntheses for hundreds of billions of novel, diverse, drug-like small molecule and macrocycle compounds. These compounds are members of DELs synthesized from many hundreds of distinct chemical scaffolds, designed and assembled with tractable chemistry based on proven results for identifying drug-like leads against biological targets from known and novel classes. HitGen is working with multiple pharmaceutical and biotech companies, foundations and research institutes in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia to discover and develop novel therapeutics of the future.

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