June 12, 2020 / 3:38 AM / a month ago

Japan's PeptiDream to work with Merck in developing COVID-19 therapies

TOKYO, June 12 (Reuters) - Japanese drug-discovery company PeptiDream Inc said on Friday it would collaborate with Merck & Co in developing COVID-19 therapies.

The companies will work to develop peptide therapeutics that may be effective against multiple coronavirus strains, they said in a release. The agreement builds on a research and licensing partnership announced in 2015.

PeptiDream specialises in constrained peptides, types of amino acids that can carry various cargoes to specific types of cells. (Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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