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ActivX Biosciences Inc.

Division of Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

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By going after Big Pharma's late-stage cast-offs, biotechs that want to be drug developers can lop years off the development time compared to de novo pharmaceutical discovery. The in-licensed compounds have already met, at the least, the druggability hurdle; their intellectual property is nailed down, they've passed the ADMET tests, and they're scalable. This strategy promises to maximize the assets of large company drug originators and give to younger, smaller companies access to compounds for in-licensing. However, the companies that could benefit the most from such an in-licensing strategy, the platform biotechs, often don't. The companies need compounds to move from platforms to product models, but pharma just doesn't see what these partners, based around a single technology and without a presence in the marketplace, can do for them. Now Japan's Sosei Co. Ltd. has come up with a new drug re-profiling strategy that makes licensing a three-way street; for itself, for platform biotechs and for pharmaceutical firms.
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Activx Biosciences Inc.

Activx Biosciences Inc. is positioning itself as a second-generation proteomics company with what it claims is the first high-throughput chemistry platform for activity-based proteomics. The company aims to convert the massive amounts of raw genomics data into targets for drug discovery by using chemical probes to directly measure protein activity.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Biotechnology
    • Drug Discovery Tools
      • Genomics-Proteomics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Non-Specific
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
  • Senior Management
  • James A Schoeneck, CEO
    JC MacRae, EVP, CFO
    Jonathan Burbaum, PhD, Exec. Dir., R&D
    Michael Dunn, EVP, Bus. Dev.
    Hugh Rosen, DPhil, Chmn. & Pres.
  • Contact Info
  • ActivX Biosciences Inc.
    Phone: (858) 558-5558
    11025 N. Torrey Pines Rd., Ste. 120
    La Jolla, CA 92037