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Renewal of agreement between Ipsen and the Salk Institute supports cutting-edge research
Date:7/12/2011

La Jolla----Ipsen and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies announced today that they are renewing the Ipsen Life Sciences Program at the Salk Institute. The mission of the partnership is to advance knowledge in the field of proliferative and degenerative diseases through fundamental and applied biology research.

The Ipsen Life Sciences Program led by the Salk Institute's Inder Verma, Ph.D., Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Science will for a period of three years, sponsor four research programs through targeted and innovation grants. Ipsen will provide funding for targeted research programs carried out at the Salk Institute by researchers on novel therapeutic concepts for the treatment of pituitary adenomas, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Innovation grants will fund the exploration of advanced scientific concepts. Dr. Verma is one of the world's leading authorities in cancer biology.

Over the last 3 years, the partnership between the Salk Institute and Ipsen has delivered significant scientific advances in the cancer field such as the development of biological models mimicking human cancerous processes as well as identification of specific cells driving tumor growth. In addition, the development of stem cells technology has opened up promising new vistas of research in neurodegenerative diseases.

Marc de Garidel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen, stated "At a time when the magnitude and scope of the life sciences revolution challenge the imagination, it is critical for a biopharmaceutical company to secure close links with the leading academic institutions worldwide. The collaboration between Ipsen and the Salk Institute perfectly fits in our new strategy of increased focus on our key assets, investment in growth levers and leverage of our footprint. By capitalizing on partnerships with first-class research organizations, Ipsen will strengthen its links with the medical and scientific community so as to develop innovative therapies tailoring the needs and expectations of patients and physicians."

"Continuing our partnership with Ipsen Life Sciences reaffirms our commitment to the highest level of biological research, impacting human life globally," said Salk Institute president William R. Brody.


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Contact: Andy Hoang
ahoang@salk.edu
619-861-5811
Salk Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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