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Daiichi Sankyo And NGM To Develop New Treatments For Diabetes

Daiichi Sankyo and NGM Biopharmaceuticals will collaborate to discover and develop novel therapeutics that modulate beta-cell regeneration for the treatment of diabetes.

| March 30, 2012 | Pharma

AsianScientist (Mar. 30, 2012) – Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd. and San-Francisco based NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. announced this week a new collaboration to discover and develop novel therapeutics that modulate beta-cell regeneration for the treatment of diabetes.

The loss or decline of beta-cell function contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetes, a chronic disease that ultimately necessitates insulin therapy for the majority of sufferers. A therapeutic providing for beta-cell regeneration could potentially be disease-modifying and represent a significant advance for patients suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

As part of this collaboration, NGM will apply its integrated discovery technology and in vivo screening platform to identify and validate physiologically-relevant metabolic targets that modulate beta-cell growth and function.

Daiichi Sankyo and NGM will jointly conduct research on selected targets, and Daiichi Sankyo will assume responsibility for further development, manufacturing, and commercialization of drug candidates.

“We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Daiichi Sankyo, a company that shares our commitment to developing innovative pharmaceutical products for the treatment of metabolic diseases and with whom members of our management team have enjoyed a productive relationship in the past,” said Jin-Long Chen, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, president and founder of NGM.

“NGM has established a robust translational research platform based on human biology that is capable of discovering novel drug targets, and we look forward to applying our technology to the emerging area of beta-cell regeneration.”

Under the terms of the agreement, NGM will receive an upfront payment and committed research funding for the duration of the collaboration. In addition, NGM is eligible to receive payments upon the achievement of research, development, regulatory and commercial milestones, as well as royalties on product sales.

Daiichi Sankyo will receive an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize compounds resulting from the collaboration.

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Source: Daiichi Sankyo.
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