Bugworks Research, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals in collaboration

To accelerate the development of cutting-edge Immuno-oncology therapies

Bugworks Research, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and Cytecare Cancer Hospitals announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind collaboration. Bugworks develops best-in-class, novel therapies for cancer and infectious diseases and has set up a dedicated research centre within Cytecare, which is committed to excellence in treating cancer patients.

The coming together of a leading innovator in drug discovery and a state-of-the-art cancer hospital promises to be a game changer in saving countless human lives. Bugworks’ drug discovery engine coupled with Cytecare’s excellence in delivering optimal clinical outcomes will offer differentiated solutions to patients all over the world.

Commenting on the significance of this strategic collaboration, Suresh Ramu, Co-Founder & CEO, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals, said, “We are excited to partner with Bugworks Research, in this inspiring endeavour to discover novel treatments for different types of cancers. In 2016, we started with the vision of building the country’s best institution for cancer care, supported by India-specific research data. At Cytecare, we are committed to providing the best possible treatment to patients and supporting cutting-edge research. We strongly believe that affordable and accessible immuno-oncology therapies can come from India and be made accessible to all patients. This collaboration heralds a brave new beginning to a healthier future.”

Bugworks’ current research in immuno-oncology centres around modulating the tumour microenvironment that includes adenosine antagonism – an area of research with applications across many solid tumours. The drug candidates from this research will undergo translational testing on patient-derived tumours in the ex vivo laboratories at Cytecare, before progressing to first-in-human clinical studies.

Dr V Balasubramanian, Co-Founder and COO, Bugworks, noted, “We are discovering highly differentiated, novel small molecule immunotherapeutic agents that target the immunosuppressive and tumour-promoting microenvironment. The ex vivo laboratories at Cytecare Cancer Hospitals, as part of our collaboration, will greatly aid the translation of our research to a high percentage of successful clinical outcomes.”


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