Secarna Pharmaceuticals and Orbit Discovery collaborate to develop oligonucleotide therapeutics

Published: 30-May-2024

The collaboration will leverage Orbit's antisense oligonucleotide detection and development platform and Secarna's ASO molecules

Secarna Pharmaceuticals, a European antisense drug discovery and development company and Orbit Discovery, a company discovering therapeutic peptide hits, have begun collaborations to discover and develop peptide-conjugated targeted antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapeutics.
The collaboration will leverage Orbit’s expertise and bead-based peptide display engine for the identification, screening and selection of cyclic peptides specific to a wide range of disease targets, to be paired with Secarna’s ASO molecules.

The addition of cyclic peptides to Secarna’s proprietary ASO discovery and development platform will expand its therapeutic spectrum, positioning it to develop targeted antisense assets beyond modalities such as antibodies and sugar molecules, like GalNAc.
“We are very pleased to embark on this collaboration with Orbit Discovery, as the team’s expertise in peptide discovery and development will further enhance our capabilities for the development of targeted antisense therapeutics”, said Konstantin Petropoulos, CBO of Secarna Pharmaceuticals. “We look forward to working with Orbit to expand both the therapeutic potential and universe of targeted ASO therapeutics with highly specific, potent, safe and convenient therapeutic options available for patients who urgently need them.”


Peptide discovery made simple

Orbit’s peptide discovery services enable the screening of large libraries of peptides through the combination of DNA-encoded libraries and bead-based presentation.

The proprietary technology is uniquely equipped to address soluble targets and targets in situ, both on and in cells, allowing for faster discovery times of relevant peptide leads based on affinity screens and/or functional screens.
The collaboration not only strengthens Secarna's ability to create targeted antisense therapeutics, paired to cyclic peptides, but will also extend the reach of antisense approaches, potentially offering new treatment options for a wider range of diseases.

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