Iktos Announces Collaboration with Kadmon to Use AI for New Drug Design

Iktos, a company specializing in Artificial Intelligence for new drug design, today announced that it has entered into a Research Collaboration Agreement with Kadmon, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in New York, USA. Iktos’s generative modeling artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be used to enable the rapid and cost-effective design of novel drug candidates for an undisclosed Kadmon drug discovery program.

About Agreement

Under the agreement, Iktos will use its de novo structure-based generative modeling technology to identify novel compounds that match a pre-defined target product profile, with the aim of expediting Kadmon’s early phase discovery efforts.

Kadmon discovers, develops, and delivers small molecules and biologics to treat human diseases. Kadmon is expanding and integrating novel drug discovery platforms, with the aim of identifying and developing new product candidates for significant unmet medical needs. “Our collaboration with Iktos provides an exciting opportunity for Kadmon to combine Iktos’ innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology with Kadmon’s expertise in medicinal chemistry and structure-based drug design (SBDD) to accelerate novel target validation and to facilitate drug discovery”, said Jean (Ji-In) Kim, Senior Vice President, Head of Chemistry at Kadmon.

About the AI Process

Iktos’ AI technology, based on deep generative models, helps bring speed and efficiency to the drug discovery process. Iktos’ technology automatically designs virtual novel molecules that have all of the characteristics of a successful drug molecule.

This approach, now validated through Iktos’ other collaborations, is a novel solution to one of the key challenges in drug design: rapid identification of molecules that simultaneously satisfy multiple critical drug criteria, such as potency, selectivity, safety, and project-specific properties. In early-stage discovery projects, Iktos’ technology allows the design of novel hits with optimal protein-ligand interactions, as predicted by molecular modeling technology.

This approach enables the exploration of chemical space in a unique way and produces innovative molecule designs with greater Freedom to Operate. Furthermore, it drastically shortens the hit finding and hit-to-lead optimization phases by enabling multi-parametric in silico optimization from the start of a project.

“We are thrilled that Kadmon is engaging with Iktos to try to expedite the discovery of a drug candidate on a promising target,” commented Yann Gaston-Mathé, President and CEO of Iktos.

“We are proud to have earned the trust of our collaborators and are confident that Iktos’ software will improve Kadmon’s medicinal chemists’ ability to identify promising novel chemical matter and solve complex multi-parametric optimization problems.

The feedback from Kadmon’s research team will be highly valuable as we work to improve our product offering. 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.”

About Iktos

Incorporated in October 2016, Iktos is a French start-up company specializing in the development of artificial intelligence solutions applied to chemical research, more specifically medicinal chemistry, and new drug design.

Iktos is developing a proprietary and innovative solution based on deep learning generative models, which enables, using existing data, to design molecules that are optimized in silico to meet all the success criteria of a small molecule discovery project.

The use of Iktos technology enables major productivity gains in upstream pharmaceutical R&D. Iktos offers its technology both as professional services and as a SaaS software platform, Makya™. Iktos is also developing Spaya™, a synthesis planning software based upon Iktos’s proprietary AI technology for retrosynthesis.

About Kadmon

Kadmon is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and delivers transformative therapies for unmet medical needs. Kadmon’s clinical pipeline includes treatments for immune and fibrotic diseases as well as immuno-oncology therapies.

More information on: http://www.iktos.ai/

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