Discovery INI project
In June 2019 Almac Discovery established the Centre of Excellence for Ubiquitin Drug Discovery, with the initiative supported by a £5.1M Invest Northern Ireland grant.
The scientific focus is on protein degradation and the new Centre will build on the expertise already established around the deubiquitinase (DUB) target class, with a plan to expand into other areas of the ubiquitin-proteasome system as required, across therapeutic indications.
The dedicated Centre represents a substantial investment by Almac over a 3 year period, together with support from Invest Northern Ireland via the Grant for R&D Programme. This Grant is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.
In July 2018, Almac Discovery and Elasmogen were awarded a grant from Innovate UK through its Innovation in Health and Life Sciences funding programme.
The £2M peer reviewed collaborative project entitled ‘A Technology Platform for Next Generation VNAR based Oncology Medicines’, plans to utilise the highly selective, high affinity and yet low molecular weight non-antibody VNAR protein scaffold and build a versatile platform to facilitate the discovery and development of targeted oncology therapeutics.
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