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Astex Joins Cancer Drug Discovery Collaboration

NEW YORK, March 22 (GenomeWeb News) - Astex Technology has formed an exclusive collaboration with The Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Cancer Research, and Cancer Research Technology to discover novel drugs against the cancer target BRAF, the partners said today.


The Wellcome Trust, the Instituteof Cancer Research, and Cancer Research Technology began a partnership focusing on BRAF last year, and have now been joined by Astex, which will contribute its fragment-based drug discovery expertise.


"There is excellent synergy between the collaborating parties," Ted Bianco, director of technology transfer at The Wellcome Trust, said in a statement. "Astex's structure-based approach to drug discovery is highly complementary to the cancer therapeutic resources of the other parties."


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