AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, University of Michigan Partner

AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, have entered into a collaboration with the University of Michigan and Eli Lilly to identify new therapeutic targets for the treatment of chronic kidney diseases (CKD). The RPC2 consortium (renal precompetitive consortium) will combine extensive clinical and molecular data collected by Professor Matthias Kretzler at the University of Michigan with the R&D expertise of the pharmaceutical industry.

Professor Kretzler has established a renal database containing information from more than 1,000 patients, as well as from multiple animal models of CKD to advance research into the condition. The consortium will access the database to explore key pathways that drive the progression of CKD and identify potential new targets for medicines. Each member will contribute with its bioinformatic and scientific capabilities to the consortium to build on the analyses already begun by the University of Michigan. Members retain the right to explore targets of interest independently.

AstraZeneca's participation in the consortium complements an existing agreement between the company and the University of Michigan in which targets from AstraZeneca's cardiovascular and metabolic disease portfolio are validated for their potential in treating CKD. It will aim to discover new targets and drive re-purposing of existing medicines based on new understanding of disease progression.

Source: AstraZeneca

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