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Professor Leroux From ETH Receives the Debiopharm Life Sciences Award 2010
Date:9/2/2010

's more fundamental research aims to better understand how antisense oligonucleotides (ONs) and small interfering ribonucleic acids (siRNAs) are naturally taken up by cells and to discover ways by which he may enhance this phenomenon. The identification and exploitation of these uptake mechanisms have the potential to change our way of thinking about delivery of siRNAs and to provide basis for developing novel strategies for medicines based on RNA interference.

In 1992, Professor Leroux earned his B.Pharm from Montreal University and in 1995, his Ph.D. from Geneva University. He has held various positions at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Montreal University, from Assistant Professor to Adjunct Professor. Since 2008, Prof. Leroux has headed the laboratory of Drug Formulation and Delivery at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He is among the major experts on liposomes and nanotechnologies in medicine.

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Debiopharm Group(TM) (Debiopharm) is a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs. The group in-licenses, develops and/or co-develops promising biological and small molecule drug candidates having reached clinical development phases I, II or III. Debiopharm is also prepared to consider earlier stage candidates. It develops its products for global registration and maximum commercial potential. The products are out-licensed to pharmaceutical partners for sales and marketing. Besides drug development, Debiopharm Group has recently embarked in the field of companion diagnostics with a view to progressing in the area of personalised medicine.

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