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Horizon Discovery Sign Agreement with Infinity Pharmaceuticals

05 Jan 2009

Horizon Discovery (Horizon) today announced it has signed a commercial agreement with US Pharmaceutical company; Infinity, relating to its X-MAN™ technology.

Horizon’s X-MAN (Mutant And Normal) cell-line technology provides the first genetically-defined and patient-relevant in vitro models of human cancer. These models are being used by a growing number of Pharma and Biotech companies to rationalize key steps of the ‘targeted’ drug development process, and thus accelerate and economize the burgeoning field of ‘personalised’ medicine.

The agreement covers the screening of Infinity lead compounds on a wide panel of genotypes. The approach should enable Infinity to predict: (a) the selectivity of their compounds against representative patient genotypes; (b) drug resistance mechanisms conferred by secondary mutations and: (c) the patient groups most likely to respond in clinical trials.

Dr Chris Torrance, CEO of Horizon says “working with Infinity is an exciting development for Horizon. In this expandable agreement, we hope to further prove the potential of our human X-MAN models in a screening environment; thus facilitating a long and productive relationship.