Proteros fragments, founded last summer to differentiate itself from its parent company's protein-crystallography business, this week announced its first deal, an agreement with Axikin Pharmaceuticals to discover lead compounds for inflammatory diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, Proteros fragments, based in Martinsried, Germany, will "provide multidisciplinary research teams with the aim of generating multiple advanced lead series inhibiting a novel proprietary target protein," the two firms said in a joint statement.

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