Merck & Co., Pfizer, and Eli Lilly partnered with PureTech Ventures & form new firm called Enlight Biosciences

Now this looks very interesting, three pharma big wigs getting together for something they have in common. The firm would cater to the niche requirement these pharmas have in the area of drug discovery. Enlight Biosciences will them the power to speed development of drug-discovery tools.

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The three pharmas and PureTech have ponied up a total of $39 million that Enlight will direct toward “breakthrough technologies that can fundamentally alter drug discovery and development.” Enlight is focused on “pre-competitive” technology that will “connect preclinical research, clinical development, and medical practice,” according to a company statement. The company noted that despite the recent emergence of “vital enabling technologies” such as PCR, PET, RNAi, and gene microarrays, “over the last few years most traditional life science investors have focused their funding on late-stage therapeutic programs.”
As a result, Enlight said, “important technologies that could be of great strategic impact to the pharmaceutical industry are not being commercialized.” Enlight said it has already begun technology-development programs in the areas of molecular imaging, biologics, and drug delivery, and is planning to launch programs in other areas. Rod MacKenzie, senior vice president of Pfizer Global R&D, said in a statement that the effort should help develop “breakthrough technologies” that will enable innovation in biopharmaceutical science, which he described as “an urgent priority” for drug-makers.

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