Eisai to create new drug discovery center in USA

| By | Drug Development, Eisai

Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Eisai, announced it will launch the Eisai Center for Genetics Guided Dementia Discovery, which will harness the power of human genetics to develop next-generation medicines for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias.

Guided by emerging insights from human genetics, coupled with Eisai’s recognized strengths in neuroscience and novel chemistry, the Center will specialize in immunodementia drug discovery. It will be located in a new, dedicated state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Eisai plans to commit over $100 million as an initial investment to establish the new discovery center over the first three years, and anticipates substantially increasing funding as its pipeline develops.

The new facility is being constructed in the Alewife Research Center in Cambridge, and is expected to be fully operational in early 2019. At that time, Eisai will close its current site in Andover (USA), and transition operations to the new Center in Cambridge. Nadeem Sarwar, president of the Andover Innovative Medicines (AiM) Institute, will lead the new site. The Center will be organized around four key functions: data sciences, immunodementia, discovery technologies and precision chemistry.

The Cambridge biotech hub location has been strategically selected to enable Eisai to focus on and identify new scientific and business relationships for drug discovery, while providing the company with greater access and flexibility to foster its current collaborations with research institutes and strategic partners. Eisai already has a presence in Cambridge through its subsidiary H3 Biomedicine, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in precision cancer therapeutics.

Eisai Co., Ltd. is a leading global research and development-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan.

SOURCE: eisai
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