MilliporeSigma licenses CRISPR IP to Evotec


November 12, 2019 -- MilliporeSigma announced today that it signed a license agreement providing Evotec SE access to MilliporeSignma's foundational CRISPR intellectual protect.

Evotec, an international biotechnology company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, will use MilliporeSigma's CRISPR genome-editing technology to create edited cell lines for Evotec's commercial and internal research purposes. Combining access to MilliporeSigma's genome editing libraries with Evotec's screening expertise offers a faster path to explore and identify new drug targets.

This new agreement maintains the relationship between MilliporeSigma and Evotec. In 2016, MilliporeSigma worked with Evotec who provided screening services using MilliporeSigma's genetic reagents.

"This CRISPR license is the impetus for important drug testing and discovery that promises to accelerate research and lead to the development of new therapies," said Udit Batra, CEO, MilliporeSigma. "MilliporeSigma has been at the forefront of innovation in gene editing for 15 years and continues to work with industry and academia to solve complex problems using our patented CRISPR technology, both ethically and responsibly."

"Evotec is excited to continue its strong partnership with MilliporeSigma through licensing their groundbreaking CRISPR technology," said Craig Johnstone, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec. "Our vision and passion for innovation includes using CRISPR technology to test and improve the translation of efficacy of the new drugs we develop to bring relief to patients suffering from underserved conditions worldwide."

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