Biocon collaborates to develop novel siRNA based therapeutics 

On December 18, 2013, Biocon and Quark Pharmaceuticals announced that they have signed a licensing and collaboration agreement for the development of siRNA (small interfering RNA) based novel therapeutics.

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Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon. Photo Courtesy: Hindu Business Line

However, the financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

Through this pact, Biocon will have access to Quark's innovative and proprietary siRNA technology platform that will be leveraged for the development of novel therapeutics for various unmet medical needs.

This collaboration will enable Biocon to co-develop, manufacture and commercialize QPI-1007, a novel siRNA drug candidate for ophthalmic conditions, for India and other key markets.

Commenting on the occasion, Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon, said, "We are very excited to partner with Quark to develop novel and promising siRNA therapeutics. Our joint development efforts on QPI-1007, targeting ocular neuroprotection aims at providing relief to several patients suffering from serious ophthalmic conditions. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to develop and introduce innovative therapeutics to India to meet the unmet medical needs."

QPI-1007 is being developed for ocular neuroprotection in NAION (non- arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy) and acute angle closure glaucoma.

 

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