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UCSF enters drug discovery agreement with Genentech
Date:2/18/2010

Wells said. "This collaboration shows how a center like the SMDC can help support the path from new biology into therapeutic products to help improve patients' lives."

This collaboration builds upon the existing master agreement between Genentech and UCSF, which allows the two to collaborate in a streamlined manner.

"We are very pleased to enter this agreement and are hopeful that together we can develop new treatments to help people with neurodegenerative diseases," said Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD, executive vice president, research and chief scientific officer of Genentech. "To date we have entered into more than 15 research collaborations with UCSF, across several therapeutic areas. We believe that this latest agreement with SMDC enhances our relationship with the University and creates a new model for important industry-academic drug development partnerships."

The partnership also coincides with the UCSF School of Pharmacy's goal of shaping the future of pharmacy science by working in fresh, collaborative ways, according to Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

"This is a tremendous new partnership and one that fits perfectly with one of the school's major strategic goals," Koda-Kimble said. "Our work with QB3 is a great example of how we are doing this. We believe the new UCSF partnership with Genentech takes this to a whole new level."

The SMDC offers all UC biomedical researchers access to modern small-molecule discovery technologies, including high-throughput screening and follow-up medicinal chemistry. The center performs biochemical and cell-based assays using liquid handling robots and a screening library of more than 180,000 compounds. It also houses a group of medicinal chemistry researchers who optimize screening hits into drug leads. Over the past four years, the center has grown to 18 biologists and chemists, many with pharmaceutical experience.

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Contact: Kristen Bole
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University of California - San Francisco
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