Evotec AG announced a strategic alliance with Novo Nordisk to discover and develop novel small molecule therapies to treat patients suffering from diabetes and obesity as well as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cardiovascular diseases and diabetic kidney disease.
Evotec will apply its drug discovery platform, especially in ligand-based design, to seek to design novel, safe and efficacious products to address diabetes and associated morbidities. Once suitable pre-clinical candidates are selected, Novo Nordisk will use Evotec’s INDiGO platform to move through pre-clinical studies to enter Investigational New Drug (IND) registration.
Dr. Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec, commented:
“Novo Nordisk is one of the largest, most successful Pharma companies in the world with a proven leadership position in diabetes and obesity. The integration of our industry-leading discovery and development platform with Novo Nordisk’s deep disease expertise will create a powerful combination that we hope will create a difference for patients with diabetes or obesity. We very much look forward to working with such an innovative partner.”