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Takeda, UCL collaborate on brain diseases

24 April 2014 | News | By BioSpectrum Bureau

Takeda, UCL collaborate on brain diseases

Takeda, UCL collaborate on brain diseases

Takeda, UCL collaborate on brain diseases

Singapore: UCL (University College London) and Japan based Takeda Pharmaceutical have formed a new research collaboration to identify and validate novel target genes for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease.

The collaboration will focus on mechanistic approaches for the identification of genes or signalling pathways that modify neurodegenerative disease processes affecting neuronal health (for example motor neurone disease (MND or ALS), Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease).

The collaboration, which includes support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, will initially run for a three-year period. It will be carried out by Takeda Cambridge Limited, Takeda's research unit based in Cambridge, UK. It is one of the largest university partnerships formed by Takeda in the United Kingdom.

Dr Tetsuyuki Maruyama, general manager, Takeda's Pharmaceutical Research Division said, "At Takeda, we work with partners to accelerate innovation. We are looking forward to collaborating with UCL's world-class researchers. This cooperation will help us to identify and validate novel therapeutic pathways in central nervous system diseases, which is one of Takeda's core therapeutic areas, ultimately leading to new treatments for patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders."

Professor Nicholas Wood, neuroscience programme director, NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, said, "I am delighted and excited with the potential of this initiative. It combines Takeda's strengths in central nervous system (CNS) therapeutics with our research at UCL but importantly focuses on projects with huge experimental medicine potential".

Professor Alan Thompson, dean, faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL said, "Developing new treatments for devastating neurodegenerative diseases is an absolutely essential but very challenging goal and requires the complementary expertise of academia and industry, if it is to be achieved. This UCL-Takeda collaboration represents just such a partnership and as Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, I am delighted to see it evolving so well."

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