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Structural Genomics Consortium and CHDI Foundation announce new partnership
Date:6/5/2014

Toronto, Canada & New York City, USA; June 5, 2014 - The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and CHDI Foundation have entered into a unique open-access research collaboration to discover and characterize new drug targets for Huntington's disease (HD) using structural and chemical biology In this first partnership of its kind, SGC and CHDI have explicitly agreed not to file for patents on any of the collaborative research and to make all reagents and knowledge available without restriction to the wider research community, including pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research groups.

The SGC is a public-private partnership accelerating discovery of new drugs through an open-access research approach, with particular focus on neglected areas of the human genome, creating an open collaborative network of scientists in hundreds of universities and in nine major pharmaceutical companies. The collaboration with CHDIa not-for-profit drug development organization with a mission to rapidly develop drugs that will slow the progression of HDfurther focuses this approach within a specific disease domain. As part of the collaboration, CHDI will support scientists at the SGC to generate research tools to solve protein structures of potential drug targets for HD.

"This is a pioneering move by CHDI, and a template for how patient-orientated funders can help the research community develop new drugs," said Aled Edwards, CEO of the SGC. "With this collaboration the SGC is now pushing our open-access research to exploit specific chemical probes and define protein structures in a particular disease, in order to further clarify the underlying disease biology and aid drug discoverers in academia, biotech and pharma with the highest quality information about new drug targets."

The SGC will make any research tools developed freely available to the research community immediately and without restriction; working with a disease foundation will enable a t
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Contact: Arij Al Chawaf
arij.alchawaf@thesgc.org
416-854-2745
University of Toronto
Source:Eurekalert

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