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A novel systems biology approach to develop preclinical assets from innovative drug discovery starting points inspired by viruses

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Project "MIMESIS" data sheet

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city: LYON
postcode: 69007
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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙568˙898 €
 EC max contribution 2˙498˙229 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.4. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Biotechnology)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2018-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ENYO PHARMA FR (LYON) coordinator 2˙498˙229.00


 Project objective

Access to new medicines targeting unmet medical need is a challenge for both the Pharmaceutical industry and the member states of the European union. For the last decade the pharmaceutical sector has faced fundamental dilemmas: - The average cost to develop a single drug has tripled in a decade - Patent expirations have reduced revenue from blockbuster drugs - Attrition in the drug development pipeline remains high. - The rate of innovation in pharmaceutical development is low because of a focus on a restricted number of drug target classes and emphasis on developing “me-too” drugs.

In this context, ENYO has developed an innovative systems biology based approach inspired by viruses to identify patentable chemistries directed at new human disease targets. The feasibility of this approach has been successfully demonstrated in 2015 with the identification of 40 largely unexplored novel human targets against influenza virus, which eventually resulted in the generation of leads ready for development as a therapeutic for influenza.

Project MIMESIS aims to scale-up ENYO’s systems biology approach to discover original preclinical assets against human targets not previously considered tractable to drug development in both infectious (Influenza, HRV, RSV, TB and Zika) and non-infectious disease contexts (Oncology). It will scale-up the number of drug discovery targets and the disease scope and initiate the deployment of the approach to the pharmaceutical industry at the global scale.

The MIMESIS approach will develop novel starting points for the development of new drugs in diseases with unmet clinical need. It will contribute to better access to medicines which will translate into higher pharmaceutical benefit to the patients. The approach has never been used before in the pharmaceutical industry and is transferable to any human disease.


List of deliverables.
Creation of the Business Development Team Other 2019-05-31 10:46:13
Minimum of 2 peer-reviewed publications, 5 publications in trade journals and 3 publications in general journals with broader audience Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 10:46:05
Project Video Produced Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 10:46:08
Communication and dissemination materials (Intermediary) Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 10:46:08
Creation of the Stakeholders Committee Other 2019-05-31 10:46:09
Project website development and maintenance Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 10:46:14
Minimum of 5 project presentations at conferences and trade fairs Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 10:48:25
Communication and dissemination materials (Final) Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 10:46:16

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