ERS Genomics and ZeClinics sign CRISPR/Cas9 licence agreement

Dublin, Ireland & Barcelona, Spain, 16 February 2021: ERS Genomics Limited, which was formed to provide broad access to the foundational CRISPR/Cas9 intellectual property co-owned by Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier, and ZeClinics, a contract research organization using zebrafish to carry out services focused on analysing the safety, efficacy and biomedical relevance of new compounds, today announced a non-exclusive licence agreement granting ZeClinics access to ERS Genomics’ CRISPR/Cas9 patent portfolio.

Eric Rhodes, CEO, ERS Genomics

ZeClinics supports academic, pharmaceutical and biotech organisations in pre-clinical studies by providing services based on its zebrafish disease models. The Company is applying CRISPR/Cas9 technology to create single knock-out, double knock-out and somatic F0 knock-out zebrafish variants.

“CRISPR/Cas9 has become an important tool in many areas of research. At ERS we are expanding our efforts to make the technology broadly available, so it can be used by as many people as possible, and we are therefore pleased to support ZeClinics with this licence agreement,” said Eric Rhodes, CEO of ERS Genomics (pictured). “By providing them access to this foundational CRISPR/Cas9 intellectual property, ZeClinics is able to continue to provide valuable preclinical models and services for drug discovery and development.”

“The zebrafish model is a powerful tool for answering complex questions,” commented Simone Calzolari, CEO and Co-founder, ZeClinics. “The use of CRISPR tools to modify zebrafish models allows us to streamline functional genomic processes, provide insights into biologically relevant knowledge on diseases. The licence from ERS expands our CRISPR IP portfolio and, alongside the licence from The Broad Institute, allows us to push ahead with the application of this advanced technology, ultimately increasing the validity and potency of zebrafish models for the drug discovery process.”

Financial details of the agreement are not disclosed.

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