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Charles River (CRL) Announces Partnership With Related Sciences

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Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (CRL - Free Report) recently announced a multi-program collaboration agreement with Related Sciences, a data science-driven drug discovery firm. Through this partnership, Logica — the combined offering of Charles River and Valo Health — will be applied across several previously undrugged targets in Related Sciences’ portfolio.

The latest development bodes well for the company to deploy Logica in the search for first-in-class therapeutics.

About Logica

Launched in 2022, Logica is an AI-powered drug solution that directly translates clients’ biological insights into optimized preclinical assets. The platform leverages Valo’s AI-powered Opal Computational Platform and Charles River’s leading preclinical expertise, providing clients with transformed drug discovery, with a single integrated offering seamlessly translating targets into candidate nominations.

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Logica is offered as a fully managed, risk-sharing model, with most of the client cost tied to success. It utilizes industry-leading predictive models, chemical designs and synthesis capabilities, DNA-encoded libraries, in silico high-throughput screening from Valo’s Opal Computational Platform as well as CRL’s leading capabilities in all aspects of discovery optimization, including high-throughput screening, medicinal chemistry, ADME, biology, pharmacology and ultimately safety testing and IND submission, joining together for the first time to create a computation-powered, unified target-to-candidate offering.

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Under the collaboration, Related Sciences will work closely with the Charles River and Valo Health teams to deploy Logica to discover valuable new medicines to address key unmet needs across a range of disease areas, including cancer immunotherapy, autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases.

With AI/machine learning-enabled in silico discovery, high-powered DNA-encoded libraries and traditional screening techniques incorporated into the platform, Logica is competent to accelerate the drug discovery and development pipeline, transforming a target into a candidate in just more than two years.

Industry Prospects

Per a Research report, the global AI in drug discovery market size was valued at $1.1 billion in 2022 and is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 29.6% by 2030.

A Focus on Strategic Collaborations

CRL continues to broaden the scope of products and services across the drug discovery and non-clinical development continuum through focused acquisitions and partnerships. Earlier in 2023, the company entered into a multi-program agreement with Pioneering Medicines — a strategic initiative of Flagship Pioneering — via which Pioneering Medicines will deploy Logica’s uniquely integrated AI platform across a portfolio of targets to create optimized small molecules that lead to novel therapies for unmet medical needs.

Last month, Charles River announced a manufacturing collaboration with Fondazione Telethon to produce High-Quality plasmid DNA for Fondazione Telethon’s lentivirus for ex vivo gene therapy.

Price Performance

In the past six months, Charles River shares have increased 7.3% against the industry’s fall of 5.7%.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Charles River carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader medical space are Haemonetics (HAE - Free Report) , Quanterix (QTRX - Free Report) and SiBone (SIBN - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Haemonetics’ stock has risen 15.8% in the past year. Earnings estimates for Haemonetics have increased from $3.56 to $3.74 in 2023 and $3.96 to $4.07 in 2024 in the past 30 days.

HAE’s earnings beat estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, delivering an average surprise of 19.39%. In the last reported quarter, it posted an earnings surprise of 38.16%.

Estimates for Quanterix’s 2023 loss per share have narrowed from $1.19 to 97 cents in the past 30 days. Shares of the company have increased 119.6% in the past year against the industry’s decline of 4.2 %.

QTRX’s earnings beat estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, delivering an average surprise of 30.39%. In the last reported quarter, it posted an earnings surprise of 55.56%.

Estimates for SiBone’s 2023 loss have narrowed from $1.42 to $1.27 per share in the past 30 days. Shares of the company have increased 9.3% in the past year against the industry’s fall of 5.1%.

SIBN’s earnings beat estimates in all the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 20.37%. In the last reported quarter, SiBone delivered an earnings surprise of 26.83%.

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