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Another JDRF partner moves research forward with collaboration agreement for diabetes treatment
Date:6/18/2009

arch at small biotech companies, JDRF looks to lower the risk for larger pharmaceutical companies to create biotech partnerships and carry the products through expensive, late-stage trials and regulatory approvals. The goal, he said, is to bring cures and treatments for type 1 diabetes to market faster.

Other IDDP partners that have created similar agreements include: Tolerx, based in Massachusetts, which has joined with GlaxoSmithKline to develop an anti-CD3 antibody to preserve beta cell function in newly diagnosed patients; Maryland-based MacroGenics, which is developing a similar antibody with Lilly; and Canada's Transition Therapeutics, which has signed a commercialization agreement for a beta cell regenerative therapy with Lilly.

Bayhill's BHT-3021 compound is now in Phase I/II clinical trials supported by JDRF, is a plasmid encoding proinsulin designed to target specific pathogenic immune cells involved in the immune response of type 1 diabetes.


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Contact: William Ahearn
wahearn@jdrf.org
212-479-7531
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Source:Eurekalert

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