Health :: DSM to make weight management personal with IntegraGen

DSM is continuing to build its personalised nutrition capabilities with its venturing arm making a ?2m investment in IntegraGen, and a collaboration with the French biotech to apply its genetic tests to weight management products.

IntegraGen, the personalized healthcare company focused on the development and commercialization of genetic tests for complex diseases, has announced that DSM Venturing, the corporate venturing arm of Royal DSM N.V. has invested ?2M in the Company. In addition, it has entered into a collaborative R&D partnership with the DSM Personalized Nutrition Group for the development of molecular diagnostic products for personalized healthcare.

IntegraGen is focused on the development of diagnostic and prognostic genetic tests for a range of complex diseases using its proprietary technology platform for gene identification (Genome HIP?). Under the terms of the agreement with DSM, the Company will receive upfront fees, license fees and funding for research and development. In addition, IntegraGen will be eligible for royalties upon commercialization. Each company will retain rights to the intellectual property portfolio developed under the collaboration in their areas of focus, being diagnostics and medicines for IntegraGen and nutrition for DSM.

Dr Jan Mous, President and CEO of IntegraGen, said: ?The DSM collaboration enhances our position in the personalized medicine market, promising to further expand our patent portfolio and commercialized products in the areas of obesity and metabolic disorders. The DSM relationship is a testimonial to the value of IntegraGen?s intellectual property and capabilities for identifying genes of interest to IntegraGen and partners in the diagnostics and personalized healthcare markets.?

DSM found in IntegraGen a partner with world-class capabilities in personalized medicine. DSM has not only recognised the Company?s first-class research capability and access to targeted patient collections, but also the unparalleled competitive advantage of its technology, Genome HIP?, which provides the ability to rapidly identify genes associated with any complex genetic disorders, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Rob van Leen, Chief Innovation Officer at DSM said: ?We recognize that IntegraGen?s innovative and pioneering technologies in the field of personalized healthcare have applications across the full spectrum of healthcare from medical treatment to lifestyle management. We are delighted to enter into a partnership with a company with such a powerful technology, which, associated with IntegraGen?s expertise in the medical/pharma application of personalized healthcare, will allow us to rapidly realise the commercial potential of our weight management programmes, an important area within the emerging field of Personalized Nutrition.?

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