SOURCE: Astex Therapeutics

January 24, 2006 02:10 ET

Astex grants Cytochrome P450 license to Pfizer

CB4 0WE, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2006 --

* Astex continues to strategically leverage its Cytochrome P450 intellectual property through a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Pfizer.

* The action of these enzymes is the cause of adverse drug reactions to many marketed drugs and drug-combination therapies and many failures of novel drugs during their development have been attributed to their interactions with this class of enzymes

* Astex expects that the application of its groundbreaking research, which was published in Nature and Science, will benefit many more companies' drug discovery and development programmes

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