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La Jolla Institute continues longtime collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin California
Date:7/30/2013

, thanks to the partnership. Several of these potential therapies, including a drug that eases immune rejection problems in patients following organ transplantation, are in phase II clinical human studies, with others at various stages of development.

Dr. Kronenberg notes that academic-industry relationships are critical to advance the true mission of nonprofit academic research institutes. "Our ultimate goal is to see our findings put into direct use for improving human health," he notes. "It's the reason we exist." However, most research institutes aren't equipped for clinical trials and other aspects of drug development, which underscores the need for relationships between research nonprofits and pharmaceutical companies.

"KHK has the kind of long-term commitment that is necessary to take discoveries from the bench, into human clinical studies, and, if successful, into approved drugs," he says. "It's a complementary process without which many important breakthroughs might never get beyond the laboratory stage."

While research agreements between academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies are commonplace today, the collaboration between KKC and La Jolla Institute dates back to the Institute's founding in 1988, at a time when such arrangements were quite rare. "Our institute was fortunate to have been founded by a group of individuals with incredible vision and foresight about the necessity for strong linkages between academia and the pharmaceutical industry," says Dr. Kronenberg. "Back then it was a very novel even controversial idea."

"Their wisdom has proven extremely accurate," he adds. "Today such arrangements are a pivotal piece of drug discovery efforts throughout this country."


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