Taros Chemicals Selected to Partner in OPTIBIOCAT Project

Dortmund, 29.04.2014 ++++ 
Taros’ COO, Alexander Piechot, PhD, stated “OPTIBIOCAT is an exciting venture that involves highly skilled and multidisciplinary partners from 16 organizations in eight EU countries. Taros’ involvement will help to set up a sophisticated compound library utilizing the developed enzymes within this project and, moreso, highlights the strengths and recognition of our deep expertise in using biocatalysts for organic syntheses”.

The biocatalysts will be based on feruloyl acid esterases (“FAE”) and glucuronyl esterases (“GE”) which are expected to be used in the production of phenolic fatty- and sugar- esters with antioxidant activity for the cosmetic industry. FAE and GE will be available within the consortium.

For more information visit www.optibiocat.eu.

About Taros Chemicals

Taros is a privately owned discovery chemistry company, working with global pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical companies since 1999. Alongside our performance chemicals and material science division, Taros’ drug discovery mission is to create drug candidates as potential new medicines. Taros has a strong scientific track record on many biomolecular targets in all main therapeutic areas and thereby adding considerable value to collaborations from target validation and hit identification to lead generation and optimization. Taros’ core expertise ranges from custom synthesis and process development to modern medicinal and computational chemistry, as well as compound library design and production.
Taros was heading the chemistry efforts of the EUR 196 million funded European Lead Factory (2013-2018) and is currently heading its EUR 36.5 million funded continuation (2019-2022). Moreover, Taros is deeply engaged in other research alliances like the EUR 11 million funded Drug Discovery Hub Dortmund.

Press Contact:
Youri R. Mesmoudi, Executive Vice President, e-mail: innovation |at| taros.de

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