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F2G Ltd and the University of Manchester Announce a New €6.1 Million Project to Develop New Antifungal Agents to Treat Resistant Fungal Infections


6/25/2013 10:14:17 AM

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Manchester UK, 25th June 2013 -- F2G Ltd, a privately-held antifungal drug discovery and development company and The University of Manchester, today announced the commencement of a 6.1 million euro EU-funded project to discover and develop novel antifungal drugs to treat serious, lifethreatening fungal infections. The NOFUN project is a collaborative project under the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission which brings together five partners to accelerate the development of a number of F2G’s broad spectrum antifungal agents.

About two million people die each year because of fungal infection and resistance is rapidly emerging to the most common drugs used to treat these diseases. This project aims to develop novel agents with completely new ways of acting in order to combat the increasing tide of drug resistant fungal infections. NOFUN will use F2G’s discovery assets and the University’s fungal genomics platforms in addition to the drug development and characterisation expertise of the other partners.

Participants in the NOFUN Project are F2G Ltd (UK), The University of Manchester (UK), Pharmacelsus GmbH (Germany), OncoTargeting AB (Sweden) and Universitat i Rovira Virgili (Spain).

Dr Mike Birch of F2G and Scientific Coordinator of NOFUN added: “Competition for funding in this call was immense and the NOFUN award represents a significant validation of the project and the partners. F2G is delighted to lead the scientific program to develop much needed new antifungal agents”.

Dr Mike Bromley, NOFUN Project Coordinator from The Manchester Fungal Infection Group at The University of Manchester, said: “We are delighted that this project has been funded and it confirms The University of Manchester as a centre of excellence in fungal biology and disease. Hopefully this cash boost will help us to create new treatments to tackle serious, life-threatening fungal infections.”

About F2G Ltd: Based in Manchester, UK, F2G Ltd is dedicated to the discovery and development of new and clinically superior drug classes to treat life-threatening systemic fungal infections in at-risk patient populations. This is a growing health risk for which there are currently limited treatment options and for which demand is increasing globally. Market growth is expected to increase with the emergence of new clinical indications in allergies and asthma. For more information visit www.f2g.com

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