Zydus Cadila and Karo Bio of Sweden, a drug discovery and development company specializing in nuclear receptors have initiated a three-year strategic collaboration in the area of drug discovery and development. Both companies will collaborate to discover and develop novel, selective glucocorticoid receptor (GR) modulators for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.

 India-headquartered Zydus Cadila and Karo Bio of Sweden, a drug discovery and development company specializing in nuclear receptors have initiated a three year strategic collaboration in the area of drug discovery and development. Both companies will collaborate to discover and develop novel, selective glucocorticoid receptor (GR) modulators for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.

Glucocorticoids are used to treat many different inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowels disease, psoriasis and asthma, which together represent a market potential of over $10 billion. These powerful anti-inflammatory agents with long term use could, however, lead to the development of unwanted side effects like obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Karo Bio will leverage its expertise in nuclear receptor drug discovery including structural biology, drug design and compound characterization. Zydus Cadila will leverage its expertise in carrying out a focused drug discovery and development program, starting from pre-clinical candidate selection, filing of the Investigational New Drug Application and undertaking pre-clinical studies and human clinical trials. Both parties will equally share risk and rewards for the collaboration program.