Forge Therapeutics Excites Big Guns In Antibiotic World
Emerging Company Profile: Forge Therapeutics, which licensed intellectual property from the University of California San Diego in 2015, is aiming to have developed a novel class of antibiotic to treat Gram-negative superbugs, with its first drug candidate entering clinical development in 2020. The company has just announced an expanded research and discovery pact with Evotec in the UK, and boasts an impressive line-up of scientific advisors.
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