The two companies recently completed a pilot project whereby the DiscoveRx technologies were applied to analyze the Compugen designed peptides with a small subset of GPCR targets. This pilot resulted in promising initial results for a number of library peptides that were shown to modulate specific GPCR targets, thus demonstrating both the library’s potential as a reservoir of therapeutically relevant peptides, as well as the ability of DiscoveRx’s functional GPCR assays to identify novel peptide/GPCR target interactions.
Dr. Pyare Khanna, CEO of DiscoveRx Corp., stated, “We see this collaboration as a unique opportunity to address a key drug target class through a combination of DiscoveRx’s most comprehensive and market leading GPCR cell based assay platforms, and Compugen’s leading predictive capability for peptide discovery. Based on these synergistic competitive advantages, and the demonstrated success of the recently completed pilot program, we believe that via this partnership, pharmaceutical and biotech companies will be able to gain access to novel peptides for both research and product development purposes. DiscoveRx will continue to innovate in the field of GPCR drug discovery, and is pleased to now bring to the industry, together with Compugen, novel solutions in this key area of high industry interest and need.”
“Compugen is very enthusiastic regarding this collaboration with DiscoveRx, one of the leading companies in the GPCR screening field, for the commercialization of Compugen-designed molecules from our GPCR peptide library," said Anat Cohen-Dayag, Ph.D., Compugen's President and CEO.
Dr. Cohen-Dayag continued, "As previously disclosed, Compugen is focusing its discovery and development efforts towards addressing unmet medical needs in our focus areas of oncology and immunology through the use of novel protein and antibody therapeutics. However, as part of the development and validation activities associated with establishing our broadly applicable predictive discovery capabilities, a number of very promising discoveries were made that have significant potential in other areas. Therefore, in recent months, we have been in various discussions for arrangements with other organizations to advance certain of these earlier discoveries, including a number related to potential peptide therapeutics, largely without the need for further Compugen financial resources, such as this very promising collaboration with DiscoveRx being announced today.”