Asahi Kasei Pharma selects Evotec as its partner for ion channel drug discovery


Hamburg, Germany - 26 March 2015: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) today announced it has entered into a multi-target screening collaboration on several ion channel targets, with Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.
Under the terms of the agreement, Evotec will use its world-class ion channel platform to identify inhibitors of multiple ion channel targets.

Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec, stated: "We are extremely pleased that Asahi Kasei Pharma has decided to undertake these projects with Evotec. Our expertise and platform on ion channel drug discovery has proven to add significant value to our partner's programmes and we look forward to supporting Asahi Kasei Pharma in their own ion channel drug discovery efforts."

Financial terms were not disclosed.


The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by holding company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the chemicals and fibers, homes and construction materials, electronics, and health care business sectors. Its health care operations include devices and systems for acute critical care, dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and nutritional products. With more than 29,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit


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