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17/04/2020 - Press release

Chemotargets opens an investment round to enter a new phase of growth

The IMIM's spin-off founded in 2006 by Dr. Jordi Mestres

Dr. Jordi Mestres

Chemotargets, a global leader in predictive analytics solutions for the pharma and biotech sector, begins a phase of transformation to become a biotechnology company that will develop new medicines in multiple therapeutic areas, with an initial focus on oncology. Founded in 2006 as a spin-off from Dr. Jordi Mestres' Systems Pharmacology lab under the auspices of the IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, a leading academic centre of excellence based in Barcelona, Chemotargets is opening an investment round to undertake the transformation of its business model.

Genesis Biomed, a well-established consultancy firm in the health and biotech sectors, and CREA Inversión, an M&A boutique advisory firm specialised in corporate transactions and financing, will advise Chemotargets in this transformation.

"We are very motivated to begin a new stage of growth and to discover new bioactive molecules in collaboration with public research centres and pharmaceuticals companies. On this basis, we will consider the creation of new spin-off entities that will discover and develop new potential drugs," says Chemotargets CEO and Head of the IMIM's Systems Pharmacology Research Group Dr. Jordi Mestres. The company has developed the ProSurfScan technology, which allows the generation of bioactive molecules using state-of-the-art structure-based, artificial intelligence and data-mining methods for novel therapeutic targets and new interaction modalities (protein - protein, allosteric modulators, etc.).

In parallel, Chemotargets will continue to offer its services to pharmaceutical companies and research centres. Its main business is the provision of services to the life sciences sector based on CLARITY? (European Commission's  Seal of Excellence), a technology that defines the efficacy and safety profiles of new drugs. CLARITY?'s license has been acquired this year by the US  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) among other international bodies and companies.

The combined use of CLARITY® and ProSurfScan, to simultaneously optimize the safety and efficacy of newly-discovered therapies, will position Chemotargets as a unique global player in the finding of more effective and safer drugs.

In the transition, a new leadership team will be formed to advance both the current business model of Software and Services and in addition, the rapid development of novel therapeutics in close collaboration with leading research centers and pharmaceutical industry.

A steadfast commitment in difficult times

The health and social crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has encouraged the company to pursue its principles: "We founded Chemotargets to resolve complex biomedical challenges and we have an obligation to join efforts to find solutions to this major challenge," says Jordi Mestres.

GENESIS Biomed CEO Josep Lluís Falcó is "excited to start working with Chemotargets in collaboration with CREA Inversión. It is very positive that the sector does not stop despite this severe health crisis. We are extremely proud of undertaking such an ambitious project with CREA Inversión, being the first major collaboration as part of our strategic alliance."

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