It is out of the ordinary, because it was created based on fundamental research, which was quite unusual at the time.
Nonetheless, more than a century ago, Pasteur shared this idea, saying that “there are not two types of science: there is fundamental science and the application of research, which are intertwined like a tree and its fruit.”
This is all the truer for research regarding new drugs which must be carried out as upstream as possible, such that the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms are elucidated, and it has to be multidisciplinary.
Thus, from the springboard of new biological targets that we suspected played a role in pathology, we carried out rational research from the 1980s onwards into new therapeutic classes that could be useful for public health.
After ten years’ research and development, we developed our first drug, which was totally original, in an area where there had been nothing new for a very long time: we found a drug countering intestinal secretion to inhibit hypersecretion in diarrhoea.
Taking this first project, Tiorfan®, as a point of departure, in 1992, we created a second company the Bioprojet Pharma laboratory.
And was it successful?
Yes, actually, within two years, Tiorfan® became the leading drug in its indication, because it really brought something to the table. Today, it is developed, registered and marketed in 90 countries.
This success allowed us to continue our research and development strategy and, happily, we were able to acquire the Bioprojet Biotech research laboratory in 2001.
From then onwards, Bioprojet took a new step: internationalisation. We are set up in 6 European countries (other than France). This offers Bioprojet international presence.
In addition, Bioprojet recently took a decisive step in its internationalisation with the registration and marketing of one of our innovative products, Wakix, distributed by our partner Harmony Biosciences.
We remain ambitious, but faithful to our vocation of research and innovation. We hope to continue in our mission of working in service of the sick.