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Merck Taps Nuevolution to Help Identify Drug Targets

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Nuevolution said today that it will use its DNA labeling platform to identify small-molecule leads against drug targets in a collaboration with Merck.
 
Copenhagen-based Nuevolution said it will use its Chemetics platform to screen multi-million member libraries for hit identification, and to perform hit-to-lead optimization.
 
Under the agreement, Merck will give Nuevolution an upfront payment, research funding, and milestone payments as candidate molecules move through preclinical and clinical development and onto the market.
 
Nuevolution also is eligible for royalties from sales of commercialized products resulting from the collaboration.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.