Developing Breakthrough Treatments for Human Disease
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of breakthrough treatments for human disease. We have advanced multiple drug candidates into clinical development. We are presently devoting most of our resources to the development of our two most advanced drug candidates, LX4211 for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and Telotristat etiprate (LX1032/LX1606) for the treatment of carcinoid syndrome.
The Genome: Our Source of Discovery
Our most advanced drug candidates, as well as compounds from a number of additional drug discovery and development programs that we have advanced into various stages of clinical and preclinical development, originated from our own internal drug discovery efforts. These efforts were driven by a systematic, target biology-driven approach in which we used gene knockout technologies and an integrated platform of advanced medical technologies to systematically study the physiological and behavioral functions of almost 5,000 genes in mice and assessed the utility of the proteins encoded by the corresponding human genes as potential drug targets. We identified and validated in living animals, or in vivo, more than 100 targets with promising profiles for drug discovery.
Monetizing Our Discoveries
We are working both independently and through strategic collaborations and alliances with third parties to capitalize on our drug target discoveries, and we intend to pursue the same strategy for our drug candidates in clinical development. Consistent with this approach, we seek to retain exclusive rights to the benefits of certain drug discovery and development programs by developing and commercializing drug candidates from those programs internally and to collaborate with other pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with respect to the development and commercialization of drug candidates from other programs, particularly when the collaboration may provide us with access to expertise and resources that we do not possess internally or are complementary to our own. We also seek to collaborate with other pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research institutes and academic institutions to capitalize on our drug target discoveries.