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Iktos and Facio Therapies Collab to Use AI for FSHD Drug Design

Iktos, a company specialized in Artificial Intelligence for new drug design, and Facio Therapies, a drug discovery and development company focused on developing treatments for facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD), today announced entering a collaboration to apply Iktos’s generative modelling artificial intelligence (AI) technology in one of Facio’s drug discovery programs. Under the agreement, Iktos will apply its de novo ligand and structure-based generative modelling technologies and know-how – complementing Facio’s drug discovery capabilities – to expedite the identification of potential pre-clinical candidates and to identify additional novel chemical matter with suitable properties.

Founded by people affected by FSHD, Facio is laser-focused on developing a therapy for this progressive and disabling muscle disorder. To maximize the chances of success of achieving this ambition, Facio is developing a Focused Portfolio Strategy, bringing together world-class technology platforms and expertise in a global network of excellence creating multiple innovation synergies.

Iktos’s AI technology, based on deep generative models, helps to bring new insights and directions into the drug discovery process based on a comprehensive data-driven structure generation technology. This technology automatically designs virtual novel molecules with all of the characteristics of a successful drug molecule. This approach, validated through Iktos’s other collaborations, is a novel solution to one of the key challenges in drug design: rapid identification of molecules that simultaneously satisfy multiple parameters, such as potency, selectivity, safety, and additional project-specific properties. This approach uniquely enables the exploration of chemical space and produces innovative molecule designs with greater freedom to operate.

“We are very pleased to welcome Iktos to our growing network of partnerships. Their capabilities complement our existing R&D collaborations, including our long-standing and successful partnership with Evotec, to support the growth of our FSHD portfolio,” said Joris De Maeyer, CEO of Facio Therapies.

“We are proud to join forces with Facio with the aim to meet the urgent medical needs of the FSHD community,” commented Yann Gaston-Mathé, President and CEO of Iktos. “Pleased to have earned Facio’s trust, we are confident that together with Facio and their established R&D partners, we will be able to identify promising novel chemical matter and solve complex multiparametric optimisation problems. The feedback from Facio’s research team will be highly valuable as we improve our product offerings. Our strategy has always been to tackle challenging problems alongside our collaborators where we can demonstrate value generation for new and on-going drug discovery projects.”

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