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Schrödinger and Bayer Collaborate to Co-Develop de novo Design Technology to Accelerate Drug Discovery

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Schrödinger and Bayer (BAYN: DE) today announced a five-year technology
alliance to develop a comprehensive de novo design solution with
the objective to accelerate the discovery of innovative high-quality
drugs. The technology is expected to be capable of enumerating,
screening, and scoring billions of synthetically feasible, virtual
compounds supporting the identification and optimization of potential
new therapeutic candidates. Under the terms of the agreement,
Schrödinger is expected to receive about €10 million.

The de novo design software will integrate the power of
Schrödinger’s molecular design technology, which relies on physics-based
modeling augmented by machine learning, with Bayer’s proprietary in
silico
models predicting compound absorption, distribution,
metabolism, excretion, toxicity (ADMET) and chemical synthesizability.
The new software will be built on Schrödinger’s enterprise informatics
solution, LiveDesign, and is intended to rapidly design large numbers of
molecules and predict their properties.

“Underscoring our efforts in digital transformation along our value
chain, our collaboration with Schrödinger is intended to leverage
advanced physics-based methods and modern machine learning capabilities
to increase discovery of viable drug candidates,” said Dr. Karl
Ziegelbauer, Head of Open Innovation & Digital Technologies at the
Pharmaceuticals Division of Bayer AG. “The new co-developed
technological solution is aimed at opening up new avenues for
therapeutic discovery in the future, ultimately for the benefit of the
patients.”

“We admire Bayer’s passion for innovation and commitment to leverage
cutting-edge technology to overcome global health challenges,” said
Schrödinger CEO Ramy Farid, Ph.D. “Our mission statement echoes those
goals, and we are proud to realize that vision through this
collaboration. The de novo design solution, built on the
complementary strengths of Schrödinger and Bayer, holds the promise of
accelerating the discovery of novel medicines for important unmet needs.”

About Schrödinger
Schrödinger’s industry-leading
computational platform to accelerate drug discovery and materials design
is deployed by leading biopharmaceutical and industrial companies,
academic institutions and government laboratories worldwide. In addition
to this global business, Schrödinger is also applying its computational
platform to a robust pipeline of drug discovery programs in
collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and has co-founded leading
biotech companies, including Nimbus Therapeutics. In addition,
Schrödinger is using its platform to advance a pipeline of internal,
wholly-owned drug discovery programs. Schrödinger’s significant and
ongoing investment in basic research continues to drive advances in its
computational platform. Founded in 1990, Schrödinger has over 400
employees in its New York City headquarters and around the world. Visit
www.schrodinger.com for more information.

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core
competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition.
Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting
efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and
aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase
its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer
is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer
brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In
fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of
39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros,
R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to
www.bayer.com.