Astellas Pharma and Daiichi Sankyo will form a compound library sharing partnership for approximately 400,000 selected compounds. The collaboration enables each party to promote innovative new medicine R&D. This is the first time a compound library partnership of this scale has been formed in Japan.
Astellas and Daiichi Sankyo have compound libraries that are the basis for their drug discovery research, and through high throughput screening (HTS) the companies can quickly and effectively search for potentially beneficial compounds to develop innovative new drugs. The partnership will give each company access to qualitatively different compound libraries—which have been developed based on the targeting disease strategies of each company—allowing both companies to implement broader HTS to generate innovative new drugs.
Astellas and Daiichi Sankyo will exchange approximately 400,000 selected compounds, including a significant number of proprietary synthetic compounds, from their respective compound libraries. Beginning April 1, for three years, both Astellas and Daiichi Sankyo will be able to implement broad HTS using the shared compounds without restrictions on targeted disease areas. Each company will disclose sufficient information to allow the receiving company to implement HTS independently.
If, as a result of HTS, the receiving company identifies a candidate compound to be used for a new drug discovery, the receiving company may carry out development and commercialization of the innovative new drug with an indication for any human diseases from the compound.