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The firms hope academic research can yield first-in-class therapies and spinout companies. Also, Yale unveils research alliances with three biotechs.
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Enterome will use its metagenomics platform to develop drugs that target the effects of alterations in the microbiota, and to identify, develop and commercialize biomarkers. The company's biomarkers will be used to develop diagnostics, and to stratify populations, identifying those most likely to respond to treatment. Enterome is focused on metabolic and bowel diseases, with lead projects in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and in inflammatory bowel disease.
Cenix is equipped to do high-throughput, genome-scale RNAi screening. The firm believes that its infrastructure and expertise will allow it to help Big pharma and biotech partners sort through masses of targets to find those with biological relevance. Management believes its methodology can also contribute to drug development--RNAi could, for instance, act as a modifier in screening assays, to see whether this additional means of silencing a gene could improve a drug candidate's activity.
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