Chagas Translation


  • Target disease: Chagas
  • Main partners (since project start): Daiichi Sankyo, Japan
  • Project start: 2017
  • Funding (since project start): Department for International Development (DFID), UK; Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS), The Netherlands; Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF through KfW), Germany; Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, Japan; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland.


Overall Objective:

  • Identify at least one – possibly two – progressable lead series meeting DNDi lead stage criteria for visceral leishmaniasis and/or Chagas disease



Three T. cruzi active series with marginal activity against Leishmania were identified from a high-throughput screening of 40,000 members of the Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Space Library. Current medicinal chemistry efforts of this hit-to-lead collaboration focus on one series that was confirmed as the most promising chemotype in terms of activity and selectivity profile. To date, over 100 analogs to this series have been synthesized and tested for T. cruzi and Leishmania activities at Institut Pasteur Korea, leading to the identification of four preferred molecules nominated to proceed with pharmacokinetics studies. This project was initiated in April 2017 for a duration of 18 months.


Last update: August 2018