Evotec has reached a collaboration with Censo Biotechnologies, using the latter’s patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to expand its platform for drug discovery.

Scientists get iPSCs by reprograming human adult somatic cells to make them resemble embryonic stem cells, which can become any cell type of the body.

For this alliance, Censo will use its donors sourcing and cell reprograming technologies to create a bespoke library of hundreds of patient-derived iPS cell lines, and Evotec will use them for target validation, drug screening, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics analyses.