The University of Oxford has entered into a strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech to develop a cellular map of genes and proteins implicated across a range of immune-mediated inflammatory disorders and to characterise pharmacologically relevant therapeutic targets.
Lead Oxford investigator for the project, Professor Holm Uhlig, said: “This exciting endeavour brings together a world-leading group of Janssen and Oxford scientists to form the Cartography collaboration.
“This project aims to create a detailed cellular map across multiple immune disorders which has the potential to advance the understanding of disease mechanisms, how to treat the right patients with the right medications, and the development of new therapies.”
The work of this industry/academic collaboration overlaps considerably with and complements the interdisciplinary research being carried out by scientists like Prof Uhlig in the NIHR Oxford BRC’s Gastroenterology and Mucosal Immunity Theme.
Immune mediated inflammatory disorders affect a large proportion of the population. Genetic association studies, functional studies, and clinical observations suggest that there is substantial overlap between immune mediated inflammatory disorders affecting different organ systems, but the cellular mechanisms are largely unknown.
This three-year data-driven study, will apply the latest molecular and cellular multiomics analysis platforms and computational methods to deliver insights for target selection and precision medicine for inflammatory disease indications of the intestine, the joint and the skin where existing options for therapeutic intervention are limited.
The collaboration will create four new postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford.
Janssen Biotech Inc. is one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.