News from SGC
Stand Up To Cancer Canada Announces New Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team To Attack Brain Cancer in Children and Adults
During DPhG Annual Meeting 2015 which took place in Düsseldorf September 23-25, 2015, the German Pharmaceutical Society honoured a few up-and-coming young scientists.
University of Toronto and McGill University scientists are leading an international partnership to discover new and improved drug treatments for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases -- thanks to a contribution from Merck Canada Inc., as well as an additional $5 million supplement to a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new funding brings the total investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to nearly US $12 million since 2012.
Takeda renews partnership with Structural Genomics Consortium at MaRS Toronto with new investment of $7.5 million
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) today announced it has renewed its partnership with the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) to fund collective drug research aimed at bringing new, more effective medicines to patients faster.
SGC-Toronto's Chief Scientist, Dr.
MONTREAL, Nov. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - AbbVie today announced its continued commitment to the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) by providing a cash sponsorship of CDA$7.5 million towards open access research leading to the discovery of new medicines. Today`s announcement coincides with meetings with Ontario and Quebec-based research leaders and AbbVie global research and development business development professionals to assess continued investment.
Ponatinib is an anti-cancer drug which has earned some notoriety for its cost (£90,000 per patient per year) and side-effects that were serious enough to temporarily suspend its use. But the findings from a recent Cell Chemistry and Biology paper led by the Structural Genomics Consortium suggest that this 'dirty' drug might actually hold the key for coming up with newer, more effective drugs for chronic illnesses such as Crohn's and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The Oxford Science Blog asked the first author, Dr Peter Canning (who worked on this study while at the Nuffield Department of Medicine) to explain what they found.
The SGC is engaged in dozens of collaborations with small companies to explore novel technologies. In keeping with the SGC’s open-access policy, all outputs from these collaboration are made publicly available without restriction on use. As announced today, the SGC in Oxford is collaborating with C4X to discover chemical tools for epigenetic targets. C4X will use its unique ligand conformation analysis technology to design potent inhibitors that will be tested at the SGC and rapidly made available to the public.