Published on January 28, 2014 at 7:31 AM
“The key driver for Servier has always been research. The company allocates over 25 per cent of its turnover to this activity, making it one of the leading international pharmaceutical laboratories,” said Pascal Touchon, Servier's director of scientific collaboration. “Servier is delighted with the Institut Curie partnership, which fulfills our primary mission of discovering particularly innovative medicinal products that address an unmet medical need and making them available to patients. Our partnership with the Institut Curie has already helped us to identify a potential therapeutic target, kinase TTK/MPS1, an enzyme involved in cell cycle regulation.”
“Our decision to extend the partnership for a further three years was inspired by these highly encouraging results, the need to look at the other results obtained in more depth and the desire to explore other potential leads,” said Emmanuel Canet.
Sergio Roman-Roman, director of translational research at the Institut Curie, said: “The efforts co-ordinated by Thierry Dubois have involved many doctors and researchers with various specialisms, including our own team of bioinformatics experts. It is important to reiterate that this partnership is underpinned by a highly constructive approach, especially with regard to the quality of interaction between our teams of staff.”
“The Institut Curie is certainly pleased with the terms of this long-term partnership, where there is a genuine division of labor. The intellectual property is also evenly split, meaning that if the work in hand results in an innovative medicinal product, the Institut Curie will receive royalties that it can reinvest in new research,” said Damien Salauze, director of Curie-Cancer. “The opportunity to help a local manufacturer to expand operations in its area of expertise is an additional source of satisfaction for the Institut Curie. This is another example of the values enshrined in the Institut Carnot label, which we were awarded in 2011 in recognition of our commitment to providing practical solutions for industry and ultimately, for patients."