Evotec and Variant Bio Partner to Discover and Develop Fibrosis Treatments

The Hamburg headquartered publicly listed drug discovery and development company Evotec and Variant Bio, a US-based biotech company leveraging the power of human genetic diversity to discover new therapeutics, announced a collaboration agreement to discover and develop a best-in-class treatment for diseases caused by fibrosis. The partnership will utilise Variant Bio’s advanced genomic discovery platform and Evotec’s comprehensive end-to-end R&D platform, along with their extensive expertise in the field, to tackle unmet medical needs in fibrotic conditions.

Under the terms of the risk-sharing partnership, Evotec will receive undisclosed research funding and may receive pre-clinical and clinical milestones and/or royalties dependent on the success of the programme. This strategic framework allows Variant Bio to offset the early costs of drug development in exchange for a portion of the future upside.

Fibrosis is defined by marked and pathogenic build-up of the tissue matrix, leading to tissue degeneration in organs, including the liver and lungs. Fibrotic disease contributes substantially to global mortality and morbidity. Despite the chronic nature of fibrotic conditions, widespread impact on various organs, and substantial disease burden, there is currently no curative treatment for these conditions.

Uniting Variant Bio’s Genomic Discovery and Evotec’s Antifibrotic Drug Expertise

The strategic partnership leverages Variant Bio’s cutting-edge genomic discovery capabilities and VB-Inference platform as well as Evotec’s extensive expertise in antifibrotic drug discovery. Evotec will identify best-in-class small molecules targeting a key fibrotic pathway with strong genetic support identified by Variant Bio and progress the programme towards the selection of a clinical development candidate(s) using Evotec’s integrated end-to-end R&D platform. Additionally, the collaboration includes an opportunity to evaluate unrelated nephrology targets based on human multi-omics data with Evotec’s molecular patient database (“E.MPD”).

Dr Matthias Evers, Chief Business Officer of Evotec, said:

“We are excited to enter this collaboration with Variant Bio. Variant’s genomics-focused model which identifies novel drug targets perfectly aligns with Evotec’s data-driven approach to redefine diseases at the molecular level and enhance probability of success. We look forward to combining our complementary drug discovery platforms in a capital efficient partnership and drive new, best-in-class fibrosis treatments together.”

Andrew Farnum, CEO at Variant Bio, said:

“Evotec has established and validated in vitro and in vivo models to accelerate programme timelines and is ideally positioned to advance our fibrosis programme. They have the experience and track record in converting breakthrough science into medicines that matter for patients.”

Dr David Moller, CSO at Variant Bio, added:

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Evotec given their deep expertise in disease biology and their outstanding drug discovery capabilities that complement Variant Bio’s R&D team. These factors will play a critical role in the success of our pre-clinical and development goals.”

For more information please visit: www.evotec.com

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