Galapagos establishes strategic collaboration with BridGene Biosciences to expand small molecule drug discovery in oncology

  • Strategic collaboration and licensing agreement further strengthens Galapagos’ growing early-stage pipeline in oncology precision medicine
  • Collaboration leverages Galapagos’ expertise in small molecule drug discovery and development with BridGene’s innovative discovery platform for “hard-to-drug” targets
  • Galapagos to pay up to $27 million in upfront and preclinical milestone payments to BridGene

Mechelen, Belgium; 3 January 2024, 22:01 CET; Galapagos NV (Euronext & NASDAQ: GLPG) today announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration and licensing agreement with BridGene Biosciences, Inc. (“Bridgene”), a biotechnology company that uses proprietary chemoproteomics technology to discover novel small molecule drug candidates.

Through this collaboration, Galapagos and BridGene aim to discover and develop new precision medicines against clinically validated oncology targets by leveraging Galapagos’ expertise in small molecule drug discovery and translational research along with BridGene’s proprietary IMTAC™ chemoproteomics platform. The parties will advance the molecules into clinical candidates, and Galapagos has exclusive rights for further development and commercialization of any product candidates developed under the agreement.

“Our small molecule oncology strategy is focused on developing best-in-class precision medicines that have the potential to transform the lives of cancer patients, and today’s announcement has the potential to accelerate that objective,” said Pierre Raboisson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Small Molecules Discovery at Galapagos. “We are very pleased to announce this preclinical research collaboration with BridGene, which has a strong track record in small molecule drug discovery for challenging targets. We look forward to working together and leveraging the unique capabilities of each company with the goal of developing transformative medicines to address high unmet medical needs of cancer patients.”

Under the terms of the agreement, BridGene will receive from Galapagos up to $27 million in upfront and preclinical research milestone payments and potentially over $700 million in clinical and commercial milestones, assuming success of the programs. In addition, BridGene will be entitled to receive single-digit tiered royalties on net sales of each product resulting from the collaboration.

About Galapagos
We are a global biotechnology company with operations in Europe and the US dedicated to developing transformational medicines for more years of life and quality of life. Focusing on high unmet medical needs, we synergize the most compelling science, technology, and collaborative approaches to create a deep pipeline of best-in-class small molecules, CAR-T therapies, and biologics in oncology and immunology. With capabilities from lab to patient, including a decentralized, point-of-care CAR-T manufacturing network, we are committed to challenging the status quo and delivering results for our patients, employees, and shareholders. For additional information, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn or X (formerly Twitter)

About BridGene Biosciences
BridGene is a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing innovative small molecules that drug traditionally undruggable targets, providing new paths to treat diseases. By using its proprietary chemoproteomic platform, IMTAC™, BridGene is able to screen small molecules against all proteins in live cells to discover drug candidates for high value and previously undruggable targets. For this purpose, BridGene takes advantage of its proprietary, diverse covalent library of tagged, drug-like small molecules. The ultimate goal is to enable breakthrough small-molecule drug discovery and to expand the mechanisms to treat diseases, with targets previously inaccessible to small molecules. BridGene is advancing a diversified pipeline of first-in-class drugs for targets in multiple disease areas. For more information, visit

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