Bayer Ready to Develop Oral NRT with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Bayer has entered into a three-year collaboration agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the discovery and development of small molecules (SMOLs) for a first-in-class oral non-replacement therapy (NRT) for the treatment of hemophilia A and B. The partnership will combine CHOP’s expertise in hemophilia and coagulation and Bayer’s research capabilities.

Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder in which one of the clotting proteins needed to form blood clots in the body is missing or defective. The main treatment for hemophilia is called replacement therapy and is often administered multiple times a week to help replace the clotting factor that’s missing or low. An orally available SMOL for the treatment of hemophilia would be a new modality in the market, and has the potential to remove the burden of frequent injections.

Under the agreement, Bayer is investing $5 million in the joint research over three years, with the option of continuing the collaboration. Bayer will have an option to exclusively license the collaboration results.

“Bayer is committed to investing and researching the next-generation of groundbreaking therapies. Small molecule therapies could help thousands of people with hemophilia A and B and we are looking forward to combining our strength in hemophilia research with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is a leading institution in basic and clinical research in the field of hemophilia,”

said Dr. Joerg Moeller, a member of the Executive Committee of Bayer AG’s Pharmaceuticals Division and Head of Research and Development.

“This innovative approach is unprecedented in pharmaceutical history and would leverage significant opportunities for continued innovation in hemophilia”.