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Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology Join Forces with Astellas on Autophagy to Find New Cancer Treatments
Date:8/8/2014

rld to collaborate to increase drug discovery opportunities and expand development pipelines. The aim is to establish links with overseas researchers who have ideas that possess a high level of novelty and creativity. This consortium with Cancer Research UK and CRT is one of the collaborations to be achieved through this global initiative."

New treatments are desperately needed for pancreatic cancer – one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Every year 8,800 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK but survival rates remain very low, with only three per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer surviving their disease for five years or more after their diagnosis*.

Dr Keith Blundy, Cancer Research Technology's chief executive officer, said: "In establishing this significant collaboration, the first of its kind between CRT and a Japanese pharmaceutical company, we're bringing together Cancer Research UK's world-leading target validation expertise and Astellas' proven track record on drug development, which we hope will lead to new drugs for pancreatic cancer patients. We're excited to commence this collaboration and look forward to furthering our relationship with Astellas in the future."

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*http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/survival/common-cancers/  

About Astellas
Astellas Pharma Inc., located in Tokyo, Japan, is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceuticals. Astellas has approximately 17,000 employees worldwide. The organization is committed to becoming a global category leader in Urology, Immunology (including Transplantation) and Infectious diseases, Oncology, Neuroscience and Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Complications an
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