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UCB, Inc. (UCBJF.PK) and Proteros biostructures GmbH Expand Successful Protein X-Ray Crystallography Collaboration


9/18/2012 9:14:17 AM

Slough, UK & Martinsried, Germany, September 18th, 2012: UCB and Proteros biostructures GmbH announced today expansion of their ongoing structural biology collaboration to include additional therapeutic areas. Since 2007, Proteros has supported discovery programmes for UCB in the area of immunology, by solving complex unpublished protein structures to give UCB scientists insight on how to optimise promising novel compounds. The collaboration has now expanded to include extra programmes/ targets and additionally includes CNS discovery research.

Dr. Neil Weir, Senior Vice President of Discovery, UCB, and Chair of the Innovation Board of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, remarked, “Collaboration is the foundation of UCB’s strategy and we believe advances towards new therapies can be accelerated by combining our expertise in discovery science with a wide network. Proteros have specialist skills in constructing and validating protein structures that complements our work and they have demonstrated their commitment and expertise by achieving the demanding project objectives required by UCB. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Proteros.”

As the drive for increased productivity within the pharmaceutical industry continues, technologies that can improve the success rates in the lead discovery and optimisation process remain a key focus. Over several years, protein crystallography has shown itself as one of these technologies. It is important as it allows scientists to directly visualize the three-dimensional structures and interactions of proteins, including enzymes, receptors and hormones. Being able to ‘see’ pharmacological interactions at the molecular level provides knowledge that enables structure-based drug design. Taking advantage of structural information and applying it in structure-based approaches to making new medicines promises to reduce the time and cost required to produce a medicine and deliver medicines that are more selective, potentially with fewer undesirable side effects.

Dr. Torsten Neuefeind, Proteros’ Chief Executive Officer, commented, “It is a measure of the success and value of the work Proteros has performed over the last 4 years that UCB have chosen to expand the collaboration to include additional; high value targets. We look forward to continuing to contribute to UCB’s success in the discovery of new medicines.”

The research alliance between Proteros and UCB adds to UCB’s open innovation model that aims to generate new knowledge and capitalize on external scientific advances, resources and expertise through dedicated collaborations that complement the company’s unique internal capabilities and expertise.

Further Information

Scott Fleming, Head of UK Communications T +447702777378, scott.fleming@ucb.com

Proteros biostructures GmbH Business Development T +49897007610 business@proteros.com

About UCB

UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 8,000 people in about 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.2 billion in 2011. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).

About Proteros

Proteros is a privately held company, which provides services and proprietary technologies to support knowledge-driven drug discovery programs. The company accelerates and improves protein structure analysis and structure-based drug discovery with its expertise, industrialized processes and unique technologies for crystallography and fragment-based lead generation. Proteros complements its clients’ capabilities with its unique technology platform and access to flexible resources. Proteros currently provides services for more than 80 pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in North America, Europe and Asia.


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