BioTie (Finland) and Roche collaboration targets inflammatory disease.

BioTie (Finland) and Roche collaboration targets inflammatory disease.

Roche and BioTie have announced a collaboration and option agreement to develop BioTie’s proprietary small molecule vascular adhesion protein-1 (VAP-1) program targeting inflammatory diseases. Inhibiting VAP-1 is believed to reduce inflammation by regulating the flow of leukocytes, or white blood cells, to inflamed tissues.BioTie’s proprietary drug development target, Vascular Adhesion Protein-1 (VAP-1), is a dual-function molecule with enzymatic and adhesion activities.

Under the terms of the agreement, Roche will contribute its expertise to BioTie’s development of VAP-1 small molecule inhibitor candidates. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world’s leading research-intensive healthcare groups.

BioTie Therapies is a Finnish biotech company specialized in pharmaceutical product development. Its main focus is on products for the treatment of dependence disorders, inflammatory diseases and thrombosis.
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News Source: Eeva Järvinen, ScanBalt webeditor in Finland.

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