PhoreMost Awarded £1.4 Million Innovate UK Funding To Develop Lead Oncology Programme

Published: Apr 27, 2015

PhoreMost Ltd (PhoreMost), a biopharmaceutical company focused on increasing the diversity and affordability of novel therapeutics, announced today that it has been selected to receive a funding award of £1.4M (approximately $2.14M USD) from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop its lead oncology programme targeting mutant KRAS cancers.

Based on PhoreMost’s proprietary Protein Interference technology, the Company has developed ‘Site-Seeker’, a next-generation phenotypic screening platform that can identify the best new targets for drug development and, crucially, how to drug them. PhoreMost’s lead therapeutic programme has identified drug candidates to a novel synthetic-lethal target for KRAS. The Innovate UK funding will support development of this programme through phases of lead optimisation and candidate selection, with a longer aim to create a drug that may be tested in human clinical trials. “We are pleased to receive funding from Innovate UK in support of our lead programme,” commented Dr Chris Torrance, CEO of PhoreMost.

“The expert reviews conducted by Innovate UK provide independent, competitive validation of our lead programme development strategy, and the award funds will support our business aims to create novel therapies for cancer patients who have limited treatment options.” KRAS is one of the most commonly mutated genes in cancer: it drives disease initiation and progression, and is frequently a secondary event in ‘acquired’ resistance to new targeted therapies. However, KRAS mutant cancers remain largely unaffected by the development of new targeted therapies. Each year, cancers with RAS mutations account for approximately 25,000 deaths in the UK and 120,000 in the U.S. ENDS Notes to Editors: Photo: Dr Chris Torrance, CEO at PhoreMost Ltd.

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About PhoreMost Ltd

PhoreMost is developing next-generation drug discovery technologies to address previously undruggable therapeutic targets; the company’s ‘Site-Seeker’ product engine is designed to create novel and affordable drugs for cancer and other poorly treated diseases. At its core is the company’s proprietary ‘Protein Interference’ technology; a discovery platform that can systematically unmask cryptic druggable sites in the human genome and then directly link them to useful therapeutic functions in a live-cell context.

PhoreMost has identified drug candidates to a novel synthetic-lethal target for KRAS, and is soliciting collaborative partners for further clinical development. For more information please visit About Innovate UK Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency.

Taking a new idea to market is a challenge. Innovate UK funds, supports and connects innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

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