The University of Birmingham is part of a new industry collaboration launched to accelerate drug discovery projects that will fast track research from lab to patient.
Birmingham is one of four universities selected by drug development company Evotec SE and global pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb to be part of the newly formed beLAB1407 .
Evotec, together with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) launched beLAB1407, a new $20m academic BRIDGE to identify and advance novel and breakthrough drug discovery opportunities across therapeutic areas from the UK’s top-tier academic institutions. Through a unique combination of Evotec’s drug discovery and development platforms and early-stage therapeutic concepts from the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dundee, beLAB1407 offers a unique route to the advancement of first-in-class therapeutics and the creation of spinout companies.
Evotec’s BRIDGE (Biomedical Research, Innovation & Development Generation Efficiency) collaborations provide an integrated fund and award framework to validate exciting academic projects in collaborations with Pharma and biotech with the goal to form new companies. Since implementing the first academic BRIDGE ’LAB282’ in Oxford in November 2016, Evotec has continued to evolve similar collaborations with a variety of academic, Pharma and venture capital partners across Europe and North America.
Researchers from the University of Birmingham’s Colleges of Life & Environmental Sciences, Engineering & Physical Sciences and Medical & Dental Sciences work across all areas of drug discovery from target identification to clinical trials, and will have the opportunity to apply for funding from this project.
David Coleman, Director of Enterprise & Innovation, University of Birmingham Enterprise , commented: "Over the last few years, the University of Birmingham has identified a significant pipeline of early stage life science discoveries. The support and investment provided by Evotec and Bristol Myers Squibb through beLAB1407 provides a great opportunity to validate and develop some of these into important therapies for the future, and we’re very excited to be working with them."
Dr Werner Lanthaler, Chief Executive Officer of Evotec, said: "We are thrilled to launch beLAB1407 together with our partners at Bristol Myers Squibb with whom we’ve worked on a variety of projects over a period of many years. beLAB1407 provides researchers from the member institutions with a unique way to fast-track their projects, to validate them on our industrial-grade platform and have partnering options including company formations readily available to them."
Dr Rupert Vessey, Executive Vice President and President, Research and Early Development at Bristol Myers Squibb commented: "This collaboration builds on our important connection to leading European universities. With beLAB1407, we are supporting UK-based universities that are exploring many interesting lines of scientific research and discovery. That research combined with Evotec’s proprietary data platforms has the potential to identify new and novel therapies for areas of unmet medical need."
The name beLAB1407 alludes to the distance between Land’s end in the far southwest of Great Britain to its north-easternmost point near the village of John o’ Groats in Scotland, which - if travelled by bike - adds up to 1,407 kilometres. .
The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.
University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Birmingham, helps students and researchers turn their ideas into new services, products and enterprises that meet real-world needs, supports innovators and entrepreneurs with mentoring, advice, and training and manages the University’s Academic Consultancy Service.
About Evotec SE
Evotec is a drug discovery alliance and development partnership company focused on rapidly progressing innovative product approaches with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academics, patient advocacy groups and venture capitalists. We operate worldwide and our more than 3,700 employees provide the highest quality stand-alone and integrated drug discovery and development solutions. We cover all activities from target-to-clinic to meet the industry’s need for innovation and efficiency in drug discovery and development (EVT Execute). The Company has established a unique position by assembling top-class scientific experts and integrating state-of-the-art technologies as well as substantial experience and expertise in key therapeutic areas including neuronal diseases, diabetes and complications of diabetes, pain and inflammation, oncology, infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, fibrosis, rare diseases and women’s health. On this basis, Evotec has built a broad and deep pipeline of more than 100 co-owned product opportunities at clinical, pre-clinical and discovery stages (EVT Innovate). Evotec has established multiple long-term alliances with partners including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squibb, CHDI, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda, UCB and others.