Evotec's translational BRIDGE beLAB1407 awards project from Dundee University




Hamburg, Germany, 01 August 2022:
Evotec SE (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, MDAX/TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809; NASDAQ: EVO) announced today that after a successful call for proposals, University of Dundee has been awarded its first funding within the beLAB1407 BRIDGE initiative. beLAB1407 is a translational BRIDGE collaboration between Evotec and Bristol Myers Squibb, aiming to accelerate translational research from the UK's academic life science ecosystem. 

Building on unique insights into cytokine biology originating from the lab of Dr Ignacio Moraga at the University of Dundee, the selected project will focus on the development of novel biologics for the treatment of inflammatory disorders including inflammatory bowel disease (“IBD”). By promoting the regenerative properties of cytokines while negating the often detrimental inflammatory properties, this method offers a unique approach to treat a variety of conditions. The lab of Dr Mairi McLean at Dundee will provide complimentary expertise in gastrointestinal human tissue organoid cultures.

Using Evotec’s integrated discovery and development platform, beLAB1407 will validate the concept of the approach. beLAB1407 was launched in May 2021 as a translational collaboration between Evotec and Bristol Myers Squibb.

Dr Thomas Hanke, EVP & Head of Academic Partnerships at Evotec, commented: “We are delighted to award and fund a Dundee project within the beLAB1407 BRIDGE. After being initiated in 2021, beLAB1407 makes good progress in supporting a portfolio of competitive drug discovery projects and we are pleased to work on the project aiming to resolve chronic autoimmune processes proposed by Dr Ignacio Moraga and his team.”

Anne Muir, Head of IP and Commercialisation at University of Dundee commented: “I am delighted that this first award for Dundee involves the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine working together. We look forward to more awards from this exciting initiative and to successfully supporting the spinout opportunities that it will enable.”


About Evotec’s BRIDGE model: Partnering to accelerate innovation

Evotec has created a new paradigm to translate early-stage academic research to drug discovery and development called “BRIDGE” (Biomedical Research, Innovation & Development Generation Efficiency), an integrated fund and award framework to tap into academic science to accelerate the formation of spin-out companies and generate collaborations with Pharma and biotech. Through these efforts, Evotec has defined a new formula for fast-track early-stage drug discovery. Since the launch of the BRIDGE model in 2016, Evotec has formed and funded a number of different collaborations, e.g. LAB282, LAB150, Autobahn-Labs, Argobio, beLAB2122, beLAB1407, and Danube Labs. Please visit www.evotec.com/en/innovate/bridges to learn more about Evotec’s BRIDGEs. 


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