Eurofins Acquires DiscoverX

Eurofins Scientific has signed an agreement to acquire DiscoverX. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks, upon fulfillment of customary closing conditions.

DiscoverX develops, manufactures, and commercializes reagents, complete cell-based assay kits, profiling and screening services as well as other disruptive solutions for the drug discovery, screening, and life science markets. The company has over 15 years’ experience in drug discovery and development leveraging on the Enzyme Fragment Complementation (EFC) technology and has become a market leader in GPCR screening applications. EFC technology is a proven, established screening platform in most major pharmaceutical companies. With over 900 stable cell lines, 4500 drug discovery assays and kits, and both custom and off-the shelf services, DiscoverX is one of the most trusted and utilized drug discovery portfolios in the world. The company employs 137 staff in four locations in Fremont, San Diego, San Francisco and Birmingham, England.

The combination of Eurofins Pharma Discovery Services and DiscoverX provides the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with a partner of choice for end-to-end drug discovery services, enabling customers to improve research productivity and effectiveness of their screening, lead optimization and structure-activity relationships campaigns, thus accelerating the discovery and development of new drugs. In addition, DiscoverX’s KINOMEscan platform and epigenetics services, combined with Eurofins Pharma Discovery’s kinase profiling services would result in the largest available portfolio of kinase products and services in the market. Furthermore, it provides researchers with a comprehensive technology platform for assessment of drugs to kinases, the most widely evaluated drug target.

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