NOVOZYMES BIOPHARMA COLLABORATES WITH ALMAC.

 
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Novozymes Biopharma, part of Novozymes A/S, has collaborated with Almac, to provide a combined service for drug development applications in the field of drug targeting and pharmacokinetic improvements. The collaboration will allow clients to utilize Almac's world- class manufacturing assets and protein conjugation capability to link Novozymes' Recombumin Flex technology successfully to their peptide and small molecule drugs. This subsequently improves the pharmacokinetics and has already been shown to improve drug targeting in oncology and rheumatoid arthritis. Collaborations with commercial partners have already begun and will continue to expand in early 2014.

Novozymes and Almac have a solid history of cooperation in peptide and small molecule conjugation projects. The formalisation of this collaboration offers drug developers the immediate benefit of continuity of service provision through the stages of clinical development -delivering efficiencies in time and internal resource, whilst increasing the chances of clinical success. Clients will also benefit from extensive experience in product and service provision to the pharmaceutical industry with access to a comprehensive level of both technical and regulatory support.

Novozymes' Recombumin Flex technology will be the focal point of this collaboration. Novozymes has modified the amino acid sequence of human albumin to increase its receptor affinity, providing novel properties including improved half-life extension and drug targeting. This technology naturally complements Almac's expertise in peptide and small molecule manufacturing, and can also be allied to its world-class protein conjugation technology offerings. As a result, clients will be able to successfully use Almac's...

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