Ixchelsis, a start-up company that has come out of Pfizer’s former R D site at Sandwich, UK, is progressing a treatment for premature ejaculation boosted by the backing of Eli Lilly.

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Lilly, through its venture fund set up with TVM Capital Life Science, has
invested in Ixchelsis, made up of former Pfizer scientists and headed by Gary
Muirhead. The company is based on an oxytocin receptor antagonist called IX-01
originally discovered at Sandwich which the investors say “has the potential to
be the best-in-class pharmacological approach for the treatment of

Ixchelsis, which is based at the Sandwich site, now called Discovery
Park, will collaborate with the autonomous early phase virtual drug discovery
arm of Lilly, known as Chorus. Dr Muirhead told PharmaTimes that the
TVM model will fund through to the agreed exit point, which is completion of
proof-of-concept and this requires about $14 million.

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