Viscient Bio

Replacing Animal Testing In Drug Trials

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Due to the inaccuracy of animal models that are widely used in preclinical drug validation, only 8% of drugs that enter Phase 1 clinical trials make it to market. Building drugs with a better method can lead to much higher chances of success and boost the expected return from a biotech investment.

Viscient Biosciences has built a proprietary drug discovery and development platform that improves the odds of success by using donor cells that have the actual disease being studied built into 3D tissues made with bioprinting and other methods to recreate the disease in a dish. This allows them to test drugs on human tissues with the proven disease, a more realistic environment for both efficacy and toxicity, significantly increasing the likelihood of later success. The exact success rates are not yet known, but Viscient’s internal data shows >95% accuracy at predicting drug success or failure in their disease area, which suggests a very high chance of success for the drugs they have developed using these models.

Viscient is currently using their platform in two development programs focused on liver disease with a total addressable market of $50B. Ultimately, the platform can be applied to all soft-tissue diseases. which will allow the company to create product after product against a wide range of indications ranging from rare disease to cancers either by discovering new drugs or licensing and repurposing existing medicines in novel ways.

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