NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biotech firm X-Chem today announced a multi-target collaboration with Pfizer for the potential development of new treatments for inflammatory and orphan diseases.

X-Chem will apply its discovery engine to identify new leads for several of Pfizer's treatment development programs. Pfizer has an exclusive option to license compounds generated from the collaboration. Further details of the deal were not disclosed.

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