Keynote Presentation: From Research in Marine Bioactives to Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery - The Tromsø to Dortmund Connection

Friday March 10
Session 4: Applications of marine natural products
09:00

Keynote Presentation: From Research in Marine Bioactives to Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery - The Tromsø to Dortmund Connection

Bert Klebl, CEO/CSO
Lead Discovery Center, Germany

The Lead Discovery Center GmbH (LDC) transforms results from basic research into novel drug candidates, collaborating with basic researchers to leverage excellent biomedical research. LCD's academic network represents thousands of scientists, creating a large pipeline of novel ideas for treating diseases with unmet medical need through a flexible, yet industry-driven drug discovery infrastructure. It's current portfolio contains ~20 highly innovative and collaborative drug discovery projects, which started as early-stage projects and have been transformed into attractive licensing opportunities. They have built an excellent track-record in connecting projects to industry partners, such as Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck KGaA, Qurient etc.

UiT is a unique partner of LDC in providing its collection of marine bioactives as a rich source of launching points for LDC's assays and drug discovery programs. In addition, UiT and LDC collaborate on the optimization of specific marine natural products as inhibitors of kinases relevant to cancer, with the aim of developing a drug candidate.