LGC and BioDiversity form strategic alliance

New alliance provides fast-track natural product drug discovery service from Europe´s most comprehensive fungal libraries

13-Feb-2004

LGC has formed a strategic alliance with BioDiversity, an independent natural products research laboratory, to offer effective, fast-track drug discovery services that will advance clients' screening programmes.

Natural products are a proven source of blockbuster drugs: 60% of drugs currently on the market have been derived from natural products1. They are especially appropriate for lead discovery in pain control, anti-tumour and anti-infective drug discovery programmes, and as novel starting points for combinatorial libraries. By bringing together BioDiversity's microbiological expertise with LGC's comprehensive range of bioanalytical capabilities, the alliance will deliver a new breadth and depth of drug discovery services to the pharmaceutical, life science and agrochemical sectors. BioDiversity holds a collection of fungi that includes rarely collected symbionts and traditionally important medicinal fungi. It has developed proprietary fermentation technologies that allow precise manipulation and control of secondary metabolism and maintenance of species integrity. The libraries are generated using proprietary technology that enhances assay performance. In partnership with LGC, these libraries will benefit from leading-edge analytical practices in advanced mass spectrometry and affinity-based separations, enabling clients to prioritise library hits and progress these quickly and efficiently to lead compound status.

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