New kid on the biotech block: Confo Therapeutics

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Confo Therapeutics, is the new spin-off of VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A consortium led by Capricorn Health-Tech Fund with the participation of Qbic and SOFI contributed € 3 million in the first institutional round of investment. The further development of the CONFO® technology platform and initiation of drug discovery programs is the main focus. Confo Therapeutics originates from the CONFO® technology developed by Prof. Jan Steyaert and his team (VIB/Vrije Universiteit Brussel). For the first time, this technology allows medically relevant GPCRs (G-protein coupled receptors) to be stabilized in their active functional state, which is essential for drug discovery. Confo Therapeutics will start with a team of six employees, under the supervision of Stephane van Rooijen, formerly from Genzyme and Viropharma.