Neuro-Sys and Sciomics announce a collaboration to co-develop an unrivaled integrated preclinical solution in neurodegenerative disorders.
GARDANNE, France and HEIDELBERG, Germany – The French biotech company Neuro-Sys SAS and the German biotech company Sciomics GmbH today announced that they are joining their R&D forces to study the proteome and the phosphoproteome in preclinical models of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS diseases to investigate the proteomic and phosphoproteomic profile of these disease models. The aim is to better understand the mechanisms involved in the neurodegenerative process and to provide new solutions for characterizing the efficacy and mode-of-action of neuroprotective compounds.
The changes in the proteome (protein level) and phosphoproteome (phosphorylation status of proteins) will be determined by the scioPhospho platform using advanced in vitro models of Alzheimer’s disease (focused on the chronic and the acute toxicity of the beta amyloid oligomers, AβO), Parkinson’s disease (with a specific attention to the mitochondrial disorders), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (focused on the hypersensitivity to glutamate stressor). In addition, the inflammatory component will be analyzed (cytokine release profile).
Identified proteomic changes will be correlated with neuronal survival and proteinopathies detected by immunostaining (e.g. hyperphosphorylation of Tau ; alpha-synuclein aggregation ; translocation of TDP-43).
“For many years, we have been thoroughly investigating the mechanisms occurring in these neurodegenerative diseases. We have developed advanced in vitro models of these diseases in which the mechanisms and the pathways involved in the process of death are carefully studied through our intensive internal research and partnerships”, said Noelle Callizot, PharmD, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Neuro-Sys. “We believe that the collaboration with Sciomics is a great opportunity to better understand pathophysiological pathways and to help our partners in the development of new therapeutic approaches.”
“Over the last decade we have developed an efficient and robust platform for profiling protein levels and phosphorylation status.”, said Dr. Christoph Schröder, Chief Executive Officer at Sciomics. “By a combination of the profound expertise and advanced pre-clinical models of Neuro-Sys with our in-depth protein readout options, we are looking forward to foster novel insights and developments in the important field of neurodegenerative disorders.”
Preliminary results are expected to be released early 2020.