Codexis Signs Strategic Collaboration and License Agreement with Takeda to Advance Novel Gene Therapies for Rare Genetic Disorders

Partnership to leverage Codexis’ protein engineering platform for the discovery and development of novel transgenes for lysosomal storage disorders and blood factor deficiencies

REDWOOD CITY, CA, USA I March 23, 2020 I Codexis, Inc., a leading protein engineering company and developer of novel biotherapeutics, announces the signing of a strategic collaboration and license agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) for the research and development of novel gene therapies for certain disease indications, including the treatment of lysosomal storage disorders and blood factor deficiencies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Codexis will generate novel gene sequences encoding protein variants tailored to enhance efficacy as a result of increased activity, stability, and cellular uptake using its CodeEvolver® protein engineering platform. Takeda will combine these improved transgenes with its gene therapy capabilities to generate novel candidates for the treatment of rare genetic disorders.

“Our CodeEvolver® platform technology enables the rapid engineering of novel genetic sequences that encode more efficacious proteins. The prospects of these improved sequences for the development of differentiated gene therapies for patients with rare diseases therefore holds great promise,” stated John Nicols, Codexis’ President and CEO. “Takeda’s expertise in developing novel treatments for patients with rare genetic disorders, and its commitment to developing the best possible gene therapies, makes them an ideal partner for our growing Novel Biotherapeutics business unit.”

Gjalt Huisman, Codexis’ Senior Vice-President, and General Manager, Novel Biotherapeutics added, “We are looking forward to working with Takeda to advance our pre-clinical assets for lysosomal storage disorders, and to broaden our biotherapeutics pipeline to now include blood factor disorders.”

About Codexis, Inc.
Codexis is a leading protein engineering company that applies its proprietary CodeEvolver® protein engineering technology to develop proteins for a variety of applications, including enzymes as biotherapeutics, as biocatalysts for the commercial manufacture of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals, industrial enzymes, and for use in molecular diagnostics. For its Biotherapeutics pipeline, Codexis’ technology enables improvements in protein efficacy, through enhancement of activity, affinity, stability, as well as uptake by target cells. For more information, see www.codexis.com.

SOURCE: Codexis

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