Vernalis and Servier enter drug discovery collaboration

Vernalis and Servier will enter into a new two-year oncology drug discovery collaboration on an undisclosed target

This agreement extends the existing successful collaborations between Servier and Vernalis since 2007, to combine Vernalis’ fragment and structure-based drug discovery platform with the oncology expertise at Servier.

Previous successes include discovery of products targeting Bcl-2 and Mcl-1 currently in clinical development. Vernalis will receive a €2m upfront payment, fees, research milestones and a share in the downstream success of any products coming out of this new collaboration.

“This new collaboration further validates our fragment-based drug discovery platform and the strength and success of our relationship with Servier,” said Ian Garland, CEO of Vernalis.

“We look forward to working together to develop exciting new cancer treatment opportunities to add to the already disclosed success in targeting Bcl-2 and Mcl-1.”

“The original structure of Servier, governed by a non-profit foundation, allows us to enter long-term collaborations with world-class partners like Vernalis, and use our expertise to bring innovative therapies to patients,” added Olivier Geneste, Director of Oncology Research at Servier.

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