• The aim is to accelerate the development of new formulations of drugs based on self-assembly of peptides;
• Five-year public-private research partnership, built on 15 years of collaboration.
IPSEN and French National
Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) today announced the creation of the Archi-Pex (peptide architectures and formulations) joint research and innovation lab in collaboration with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the University of Rennes 1. This is the result of a public-private partnership active since 1999. The joint Archi-Pex lab, supported by the French National Research Agency, seeks to conduct multi-disciplinary research bringing together academic teams in physics and biology with the researchers at Ipsen's center for pharmaceutical development based in Dreux (France). The aim is to innovate in the formulation of hormonal peptides and to reduce the development time. Understanding of the pharmaceutical efficacy arising from basic knowledge is the key to Archi-Pex project.
Giancarlo Faini, Deputy Director of the CNRS Institute of Physics said: “Archi- Pex is a very good example of the approaches adopted by the CNRS in the development of innovation. It will facilitate the transfer of high scientific knowledge to the socio-economic world.”
Jean-Claude Michalski, Deputy director of the CNRS Institute of Biological Sciences specified: “This joint lab demonstrates again the strength of interdisciplinarity ; these new concepts, new methodologies and innovative solutions have been achieved thanks to the cooperation between the different disciplines of the CNRS, particularly biology and physics, in close relation with Ipsen.”
Jonathan Barnsley, Executive Vice President, Technical Operations of Ipsen, said: "The launch of Archi-Pex is the crowning venture in the successful public-private research partnership between Ipsen, CNRS, CEA and the University of Rennes 1. It is a clear demonstration of the high quality research conducted by Ipsen. The goal of this close collaboration is to drive innovation for the benefit of patients with disabling conditions."
Claude Bertrand, Executive Vice President, R&D, Chief Scientific Officer of Ipsen, added: "This partnership is the perfect illustration of Ipsen's strategy of focusing on peptides and our approach to open innovation in Research and Development. The aims of this project are to extend the period of release of peptide active agents to further reduce dosage frequency, and to examine possible new routes of administration for Ipsen's flagship molecules. We also seek to optimize the time between research, innovation and development."
Archi-Pex will focus on developing new sustained-release formulations based on peptide selfassemblies and on accelerating the development of alternative drug delivery systems (for example oral or transdermal), particularly in endocrinology.
Over the course of 15 years, this collaboration has led to major scientific and medical advances for the development of pharmaceutical peptides. For example, the sustained-release formulation of lanreotide consists only of water and the active agent and delivers an exceptional release period of 28 days. Understanding the basic mechanisms underlying these remarkable properties, the culmination of a collaboration between Ipsen and the CNRS, supported registration of certain Ipsen’s products.
Ipsen (ipsen.com) is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with total sales exceeding €1.2 billion in 2013. Ipsen’s ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its development strategy is supported by 3 franchises: neurology, endocrinology and uro-oncology. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins. In 2013, R&D expenditure totaled close to €260 million, representing more than 21% of Group sales. Moreover, Ipsen also has a significant presence in primary care. The Group has close to 4,600 employees worldwide. Ipsen’s shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the “Service de Règlement Différé” (“SRD”). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY.
Founded in 1939, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. It produces knowledge and makes it available to serve society. With nearly 33,000 employees, distribution throughout France, CNRS (cnrs.fr) produces science in all fields of knowledge, relying on more than 1100 research and service units. With 20 Nobel laureates and 12 Fields prize winners, CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.
About the CEA
The French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) is a world leader in research, development and innovation in the four main fields of low-carbon energies (nuclear and renewable), information technology and health technology, Very Large Research Infrastructure, and defense and security. The CEA Life Sciences Division (dsv.cea.fr), directly involved in the creation of Archi-Pex, is one of the five Operational Sectors of the CEA. The Division brings together 1250 in-house researchers, engineers and technicians, together with 450 researchers, engineers and technicians from partner institutions. Together they constitute a center of excellence in research and technological development in areas addressing two of the major challenges facing society today; health and energy.
About the University of Rennes 1
An interdisciplinary university with a strong emphasis on Science, Rennes 1 brings together on 3 campuses in Rennes and 5 sites in Brittany: Health (Medicine, Pharmacy, Odontology, Maieutics); Human and Social Sciences (Law, Economy, Management and Philosophy); Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics; Biology and Environment; Mathematics, Computing and Electronics.
The University of Rennes 1 welcomes 27.000 students and awards 10.000 diplomas a year, among which 250 PhD.
As an intensive Research University, Rennes 1 focuses on axes of excellence and is thus named among the few other French institutions listed in major international rankings. Associated up to 90 % with national research organisms (CNRS, Inserm, Inria, INRA), the researchers of the university, through 31 research units, are dedicated to working at the core of the great challenges facing tomorrow’s society.
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