ERS Genomics and IRBM sign CRISPR / Cas9 license agreement

By Isabel Cameron

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CRISPR licensing company ERS Genomics and drug discovery firm IRBM have entered into a non-exclusive CRISPR/Cas9 license agreement.

The agreement provides IRBM access to ERS’ CRISPR gene editing technology which will be applied across its drug discovery services offering

IRBM is a drug discovery CRO with expertise ranging from target validation and hit finding to preclinical candidate nomination across various therapeutic areas, including oncology, infectious diseases, and neuroscience.

The company has contributed to the discovery and development of four marketed therapeutics for HIV, HCV, ovarian cancer, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Carlo Toniatti, chief scientific officer at IRBM, said: “We are committed to delivering high quality drugs by leveraging our broad range of expertise and capabilities across the entire preclinical drug discovery continuum.

“With the integration of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology we are increasing our capability to identify and validate potential drug targets, to generate more predictive pre-clinical models and to elucidate the mechanisms of action of novel therapeutics.”

ERS Genomics provides licensing to CRISPR/Cas9 technology for companies interested in pursuing its use in their commercial programs.

Comprised of over 100 patents globally, ERS’ portfolio encompasses CRISPR/Cas9 usage in all cells, including eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells such as mammalian cells, bacteria, archaea, yeasts, algae, and insects.

The company licenses these patents via its direct license from Emmanuelle Charpentier and now has nearly 150 licenses in place worldwide.

John E Milad, CEO of ERS Genomics, commented: “We are committed to supporting cutting-edge research and expanding the horizons of medical innovation by providing companies such as IRBM with the ability to take advantage of CRISPR/Cas9 technology.

“We look forward to seeing the innovative ways in which our gene editing technology will be utilised in various stages of drug discovery, providing candidates for a wide range of therapeutic areas.”

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