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Gubra announces research collaboration agreement with Sanofi to discover and develop peptide-based drugs targeting diabetes and obesity

Hørsholm, September 23, 2013

Gubra today announced the launch of a new research collaboration agreement with Sanofi focusing on the discovery of gut peptides in order to identify novel targets suitable for development of peptide-based drugs for treatment of people with diabetes and obesity. The new research program initiated between Gubra and Sanofi builds upon the established research consortium between Gubra, Gentofte Hospital and the University of Copenhagen partly funded by the Danish National Advanced Technology foundation.

“We are delighted at the prospect of working with the Gubra target discovery team on this particular project,” said Philip Just Larsen, Head of Research and Translational Medicine of the Global Diabetes Division at Sanofi. “And we hope that this project which utilizes the comprehensive Gubra expertise in molecular pathways will open the door to the development of new treatments for patients with type 2 diabetes,” he added.

Niels Vrang, CEO at Gubra emphasized the importance of the research collaboration between Gubra and Sanofi: “This alliance will facilitate the development of new targets and new drugs and we are really happy that Sanofi realized the synergistic potential in our established research collaboration with Gentofte Hospital (Diabetes Research Division, Filip K. Knop) and University of Copenhagen (Department of Chemistry, Knud J. Jensen)”. In 2012 Gubra, Gentofte and University of Copenhagen received partial funding from the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation for a target/drug discovery project focusing on novel gut peptides.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sanofi will provide Gubra research funding over the course of the collaboration. If certain developments, regulatory and commercial milestones are achieved, Gubra and their research partners will be entitled to receive payments, as well as royalties on worldwide product sales.




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About Gubra

Gubra is a privately held biotech company since 2008, headquartered in Denmark. The company is a science and technology driven company with two primary areas of business: Preclinical contract research services (CRO) and proprietary early target and drug discovery programs. Gubra’s primary focus is within the metabolic space (obesity, diabetes, NASH, CKD, CVD and diabetic complications) adding to this fibrotic disease areas such as IPF and IBD. Gubra specializes in in vivo pharmacology, peptide chemistry, molecular pharmacology, histology, 3D imaging, stereology, NGS (next generation sequencing), bioinformatics and ex vivo assays. High quality, scientific excellence, advanced digitalization, speed and solid teamwork, are key company traits which have established Gubra as a highly professional and competent partner in the market. Learn more at



About Sanofi Diabetes

Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services and devices, including blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


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