This project originated from DNDi’s successful NTD Drug Discovery Booster programme. As a result of further collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited to identify and advance novel compounds against visceral leishmaniasis, the S07 lead chemical series of compounds showed promising efficacy and safety profiles. DNDi and Takeda will collaborate on medicinal chemistry optimization of the S07 leads that have been identified, with the aim of progressing at least one optimized lead through to a pre-clinical candidate compound for visceral leishmaniasis, with funding support from Japan’s Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund).

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The NTD Drug Discovery Booster identified two lead compounds from the S07 hit series that demonstrated efficacy in a leishmaniasis infection model. These two compounds advanced through to lead optimization and, in collaboration with Takeda, are now being further characterized.

Recent data suggest that these two lead compounds have the same mechanism of action as two other compounds currently in Phase I clinical trials: GSK3494245/DDD1305143, a compound being jointly developed by DNDi and GlaxoSmithKline.

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