Novel, broad-spectrum fungicides are progressed to follow-on crop field trials
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ST. LOUIS, Mo. – December 22, 2015 – Nimbus Therapeutics, LLC, a biotechnology company discovering novel approaches for previously inaccessible disease targets, and Monsanto Company, today announced the achievement of the second milestone in their research collaboration. The research collaboration, which was announced in 2013, focuses on the development of new discoveries to help farmers control diseases and promote overall plant health.
Under the collaboration, Nimbus and Monsanto are co-developing agricultural fungicides using Nimbus’ innovative research tools and Monsanto’s agricultural testing capabilities. The breakthrough science collaboration pairs computational technology and robust experimental screens in a rapid cycle discovery process. This process allows the companies to identify and optimize agrochemicals that can help farmers mitigate challenges on-farm and deliver better harvests.
The Nimbus-Monsanto collaboration is already highlighting early season seed treatment benefits in row crops as well as strong foliar disease control in vegetable trials. With today’s announcement, Monsanto will make an undisclosed payment to Nimbus based on the further progression of novel broad-spectrum fungicides in crop field trials.
Growers around the world are continuously searching for new tools to help them control fungal infestations which impact their harvest on farms. Today, it is estimated that fungal infestations reduce global yields 13 percent on average despite the use of resistant crop varieties and the approximately $14 billion that is spent annually on fungicide treatments.
Fungal infections appear as rusts, leaf spots, mildews and blights on a range of important crops. Novel fungicides would provide growers with additional tools to prevent yield loss, as well as combat emerging resistance to existing fungicide treatments or applications.
Under the terms of the agreement, a jointly-owned entity has been created that has access to Nimbus’ validated computational and molecular-evolution platform. Monsanto has rights to applications within agriculture, and Nimbus will retain rights for all other applications.
Nimbus Therapeutics is a biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., that is pioneering a new computational technology-driven paradigm to rapidly advance a diverse pipeline of novel small molecule product candidates into clinical development.
We are designing highly selective and potent medicines to disrupt known drivers of serious diseases, including metabolic disease, cancer and immune-inflammatory disorders.
Nimbus’ development programs target well-characterized biological mechanisms which have proven unreachable by traditional drug development methods. Our lead targets – ACC, IRAK4, Tyk2, and KRas – were each discovered more than a decade ago, but have proven elusive to drug intervention due to limitations of potency, selectivity and pharmacokinetics in first-generation molecules.
We overcome these challenges through a deep integration of multiple disciplines, including computer-aided drug design, chemistry and pharmacology, working in close coordination with a focused network of close partners and collaborators. For more information please visit www.nimbustx.com.
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