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Developing support projects for peptide drug discovery and nucleic acid drug discovery
Professor Yutaka Akiyama of the School of Computing, Professor Kohji Seio of the School of Life Science and Technology, and others at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have established Fastide, Inc. (Representative: Shinichiro Fujiie, Kawasaki City) as part of their aim to bring their research results on middle molecule drug discovery to society. Tokyo Tech and Fastide, Inc. are cooperating with Kawasaki City through the Program for Building Regional Innovation Ecosystems to promote integrated research of AI drug discovery and chemical synthesis technologies and are committed to creating innovative technologies and practical applications.
[Note1] Middle molecule drug discovery : The process up to the development of drugs using middle molecules with a molecular weight of several hundreds to several thousands and intermediate properties between a small molecule drug (tens to several hundreds) and an antibody drug (about 150,000). The market for small molecule drug discovery is saturated, and the problem with antibody drugs is that there are limited antigens while development and production costs are high. Therefore, middle molecule drug discovery, and peptide drugs and nucleic acid drugs in particular, is attracting much attention in regard to next-generation drug discovery.
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