We leave the Netherlands with a smile after visiting FF Pharma in Utrecht this week. Once again, we depart to another part of Europe and this time we’re heading to the North of Spain. Oviedo, the main capital of the Spanish Asturias region, is our final destination and is also where EntreChem, our Biotech of the Week, is located!
City: Oviedo (Spain)
Financial Data: €6M Total Raised (as 12/2015)
CEO: Francisco Morís
Mission: EntreChem wants to take a step back in drug discovery to explore the possibilities of data-driven science in drug discovery, relying on novel products obtained by metabolic engineering.
While modern drug discovery focuses mainly on finding a molecule to target a certain disease mechanism (such as inhibiting one receptor), earlier drugs were actually discovered by seeing the overall effect in an organism with a certain disease.
EntreChem believes this is a better strategy to tackle complicated disease mechanisms (protein-protein interactions,