News brief­ing: Boehringer In­gel­heim ex­pands pro­tein degra­da­tion ef­forts; Pfiz­er en­lists a new AI part­ner

Boehringer In­gel­heim is ex­pand­ing its ef­forts in pro­tein degra­da­tion, sign­ing a pact with the Aus­tri­an biotech Prox­y­gen to de­vel­op a tech­nol­o­gy known as “mol­e­c­u­lar glue de­graders.”

Sim­i­lar to the PRO­TACS that com­pa­nies have fo­cused on to date, mol­e­c­u­lar glue de­graders are de­signed to bridge pro­teins to the body’s own in­ter­nal dis­pos­al sys­tem, al­low­ing re­searchers to tar­get pro­teins that can’t be hit by tra­di­tion­al small mol­e­cules. The mul­ti­ple myelo­ma drugs Revlim­id and Po­m­a­lyst work in this man­ner. Found­ed in 2016, Prox­y­gen has worked to de­vel­op meth­ods of sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly find­ing new ones.

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