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Industry-academia partnership in South Korea for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis treatment

28 July 2021 | News

Deargen signs agreement with Sookmyung Women’s University Research & Business Development Foundation

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image credit- businesswire

Deargen, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered drug discovery and development startup, has signed an agreement with Sookmyung Women’s University Research & Business Development Foundation in South Korea for licensing biomarker technologies for determining the progression stage of NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) patients.

Proprietary biomarker technologies licensed by Deargen from Sookmyung Women’s University Research & Business Development Foundation can identify stages in patients with steatosis and NASH.

The licensed technologies are outcomes of Collaborative Genome Program for Fostering New Post-Genome Industry where transcriptomes in samples from patients were analyzed using machine learning.

Based on the agreement, Deargen obtains three patent rights for biomarkers of NASH. After conducting verification of licensed biomarkers, and combining its unique AI-based capability of developing new drugs with the knowhow of Managing Director Inhwan Bae who experienced the entire cycle of new drug development at Hanmi Pharmaceutical, Deargen will accelerate the development of new drugs for NASH that has no available treatments yet.

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