Drug discovery collaboration tackles metabolic diseases

Evotec has entered into a drug discovery collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) in the field of metabolic diseases with a focus on kidney diseases and diabetes. 

The collaboration 

The collaboration leverages Evotec’s metabolic disease experience, as well as its kidney disease patient database, to identify and validate promising novel targets for therapeutic intervention. Evotec will be responsible for the discovery of potential drug candidates for the treatment of diabetes and chronic kidney diseases from targets identified by Lilly or by Evotec.  

Lilly reserves the right to select up to five programmes developed within this partnership and to continue with any subsequent development, clinical validation and commercialisation. 

Official comment 

Dr Cord Dohrmann, Chief Scientific Officer of Evotec, commented: “We are excited to enter into this research partnership with Lilly. Over a period of several years, Evotec has systematically built a proprietary patient database by conducting multi-omics analyses of biospecimens from patient biobanks covering metabolic and kidney diseases. Evotec’s patient-derived molecular data in combination with our omics-supported multimodality drug discovery platform delivers highest quality drug candidates for our partners. We are proud to collaborate with Lilly in diabetes and kidney diseases as they are one of the leading companies in these areas.” 

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