XYLYX BIO Launches Specialized Contract R&D Services That Support Improved Assessment of Antifibrotic Drug Candidate Efficacy

Xylyx Bio | September 30, 2020

Xylyx Bio, a leader in advanced disease models for drug discovery, today announced the launch of specialized contract R&D services that support improved assessment of antifibrotic drug candidate efficacy. Despite ongoing advances, the current drug discovery paradigm is highly inefficient. Approximately 40% of development costs are associated with preclinical studies, yet 80% of drug candidates fail before reaching Phase I trials, largely due to lack of translatability of efficacy data to humans. Commonly used assays have limited ability to predict how a drug candidate will act when introduced into patients, costing biopharma companies billions in the quest to determine which drugs will be most effective. To address this, Xylyx Bio now offers specialized contract R&D services based on its highly predictive IN MATRICO™ platform. Xylyx Bio's custom assays incorporate human disease-specific extracellular matrix (ECM) substrates combined with clinically relevant informatics to better represent human biology and reliably de-risk drug discovery through early efficacy signals that simultaneously reduce costs and development time.

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