Biobide (Bionaturis Group) has recently participated in a drug discovery research against malaria, a disease that causes about 440,000 deaths each year worldwide. The collaborative international project supported by Melinda and Bill Gates has the main goal of going from Hits to Leads among a selection of 400 compounds –included in the Malaria Box- to which researchers from 30 different countries have had access in the lastest two years. The final end is public institutions and the industry sharing more open knowledge in order to progress in new joint developments.

The promising results have just been published in a scientific paper and include the toxicity assays in zebrafish performed by Biobide to test the potential toxicity of the candidates to fight malaria. “Our presence in this study shows the versatility and usefulness of the zebrafish as animal model for drug discovery, as well as our expertise in this field. In addition to the obvious scientific value, this collaborative project has also a very relevant social value for Biobide, that is contributing in this way to find solutions for a disease that affected 95 countries worldwide in 2015”, the R&D Management Director at Biobide, Arantza Muriana, has stated.

In the 290 assays made by the different researchers for this study, 130 compounds have shown potential action against malaria which paves the way for a future election of the most suitable ones to develop new drugs. Additionally, some of these compounds have also shown outstanding activity against other disease agents, including bacteria, fungi, other parasites and even human cancer cells. In fact, these positive results have ignited over 30 drug development program devoted to fight different diseases. This initiative has been so satisfying that promoters are already repeating the same method distributing among scientists a new selection of compounds with initial activity against a wide range of infectious agents that are of public health concern.

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Bionaturis Group offers cutting-edge biotechnological drugs and services for human and animal health. Considered an international benchmark in vaccines research, the biotechnological Group which envisions a global access to health is listed on the Spanish stock exchange for SMEs (ticker BNT). Bionaturis Group has four companies (Bionaturis, Biobide, ZIP Solutions and BNT Pacific) and two subsidiaries (Biobide USA y BNT China Biosciences) located in Europe, Asia and the USA.