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J & J's alliance with life science companies fuel research and development for Pharma/Biotech

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC focuses on accelerating early-stage innovation worldwide and forming collaborations between entrepreneurs and Johnson & Johnson’s global healthcare business

PRLog - Jun. 27, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC had announced in mid-June multiple alliances with various life science companies to explore early stage innovation across various therapeutic areas.

“The future of healthcare will be defined by companies, academic institutions and governments that collaborate to leverage existing strengths, while at the same time think outside current paradigms and experiment with new ways of innovating,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals. “By being where these new frontiers in science and technology are being forged, our goal is to translate these insights into promising treatments for the future.”

According to a press release issued by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC, the following collaborations will focus on specific therapeutic areas.  Some of the partnerships will notably benefit the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, these include:

1.       Targeting Lymphoma – Janssen Biotech, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Innovation have formed a research collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College aimed at evolving compounds to targeting the function of a lymphoma causing protein

2.       Immunotherapies for Prostate Cancer – Janssen Biotech, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Innovation have obtained an exclusive, worldwide license from Aduro BioTech to certain product contenders for the treatment of prostate cancer.

3.       Dementia Research –The neuroscience therapeutic area of Janssen Research & Development, LLC will participate in the U.K. Dementias Research Platform (http://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/facilities/dementias-resear...).

4.       Insomnia– Janssen Pharmaceuticals N.V., the Janssen neuroscience therapeutic area will participate in research collaboration with Minerva Neurosciences, subject to certain conditions, around the development of an orexin-2 antagonist, MIN-202, focusing on patients with primary and secondary insomnia and other related neuropsychiatric disorders.

5.       Epigenetic Modulators in the CNS – Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation contributed in the Series A equity investment of Rodin Therapeutics in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Research and development is dedicated to locating epigenetic modulators for the treatment of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

6.       Creating New Brown Fat – Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Innovation have established a collaboration with the biotechnology company Energesis Pharmaceuticals, to recognize biological compounds that fuel the materialization of brown fat (BAT) for use in treating metabolic diseases.

7.       Nutrient-Sensing Pathway – Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation made an  investment in Navitor Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation.  Navitor is leveraging the central importance of the mTORC1 pathway to develop new therapies for metabolic diseases, like diabetes, as well as autoimmune, mulsculoskeletal and other disease areas.

8.       Cardiac– Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation made an equity investment in Ascelegen Therapeutics in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Ascelegen is working on developing growth factor related therapies for cardiovascular diseases, including heart failure.

9.       Halting Autoantigen Production in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases – Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation participated in a Series A equity investment in Padlock Therapeutics in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation. The company is dedicated to develop new therapies targeting the protein arginine deiminases, a class of enzymes that facilitate protein citrullination. Protein citrullination creates potent autoantigens leading  to rheumatoid arthritis and drives inflammation and immune complex formation in active autoimmune disease.

10.     The Microbiome’s Impact on Health and Disease – Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Innovation have collaborated with scientists from The University of Manchester to explore potential uses of probiotic extracts for prevention and treatment of skin, oral and respiratory infections.


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