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

argeted dissemination and rapid uptake of the developed research tools within the specific disease field.

"Ours is a knowledge-driven industry. By providing open access to their discoveries, the SGC and CHDI are doing exactly what is needed to help us discover and develop new medicines," said Tetsuyuki Maruyama, Head of Research at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. "This targeted approach within a specific disease domain will invite pharmaceutical sector researchers to look more closely at Huntington's disease as a tractable neurodegenerative disorder."

Since no patent protection on the results of this collaboration will be sought, any investigator will have complete freedom to operate. As part of the collaboration CHDI will facilitate the dissemination of SGC's existing novel inhibitors of epigenetics pathways into its network of scientists and clinicians to uncover potential new therapeutic targets for HD.

"We often refer to CHDI as a collaborative enabler with the aim of stimulating drug discovery research in Huntington's disease," said Robi Blumenstein, President of CHDI Management. "CHDI has long operated under the principle that the underlying disease biology should be freely accessible in a pre-competitive manner. This collaboration with the SGC will expand that pre-competitive domain to include biological structures, chemical probes and associated research data. Our aim is to ensure the HD research community has access to the best possible reagents and tools and that findings are made available rapidly and with the fewest restrictions to attract as many researchers as possible to work on HD. The ultimate goal is to get effective drugs to patients in the shortest possible time".


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Contact: Arij Al Chawaf
arij.alchawaf@thesgc.org
416-854-2745
University of Toronto
Source:Eurekalert

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