“We are very pleased that the renowned Biotechnica jury recognizes the potential of Molecular Partners’ DARPins,” said Christian Zahnd, Chief Executive Officer of Molecular Partners. “It makes us proud to be recognized for our endeavors to use our DARPin technology to generate products with the potential to significantly benefit patient’s lives.”
The Biotechnica Award 2015 recognized Molecular Partners’ DARPin drug discovery platform and the advancements the company has made toward bringing novel therapeutic options to patients. In June 2015, Molecular Partners’ development partner Allergan initiated two phase III registration trials of the company’s lead molecule, abicipar, for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. Molecular Partners also plans to present clinical interim data by the end of the year from a phase I study of MP0250, a multi-DARPin anti-cancer therapeutic that inhibits both VEGF and HGF from binding to their receptors, thereby blocking tumor growth and tumor spreading.
The award ceremony took place on October 6, during the BIOTECHNICA / LABVOLUTION reception event on the first day of the respective trade fair in Hannover, Germany. A selection of impressive companies from the United States, France, Switzerland and Germany competed for the award. An independent international jury of renowned experts chaired by Dr. Karsten Henco, CEO of HS Life Sciences GmbH in Düsseldorf, selected Molecular Partners AG as the winner.
“We would like to thank the entire Molecular Partners team for their dedication to advancing forward a pipeline of treatments for patients with severe diseases,” said Patrick Amstutz, Chief Operating Officer of Molecular Partners. “The team’s collaborative efforts empower the successful growth and development of our company.”