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Altasciences Preclinical Drug Development Solutions

With over 25 years of experience conducting safety assessment, Altasciences offers a full range of in vivo GLP and non-GLP preclinical studies in multiple species to thoroughly assess the safety profile of your molecules. Working as an extension of your team, our scientists and technicians help you expedite your research goals, ensuring that your preclinical drug development program provides the quality data for key decision making.

Our preclinical drug development offerings provide rigorous attention to your needs, data integrity, scientific excellence, and attention to animal welfare. Our solutions include IND enabling and NDA enabling toxicology, safety pharmacology, and laboratory services that meet global regulatory requirements, for both small and large molecules. Our preclinical and clinical services work hand in hand to ensure a rapid and smooth transition from safety testing to first-in-human trials.

Consult our Preclinical Drug Development Fact Sheet

  • 210KSQ.‑FT. PURPOSE-BUILT FACILITY
  • 2400+ safety studies completed to date
  • 250+ TEAM MEMBERS

OUR PRECLINICAL DRUG DEVELOPMENT CLIENTS

We serve a wide range of clients from multiple sectors, including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biologics
  • Vaccines
  • Nucleic acid therapies
  • Genome editing technologies
  • Animal health products

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PRECLINICAL DRUG DEVELOPMENT STUDY TYPES

We offer a full range of IND enabling studies and BLA/NDA-enabling toxicology and bioanalytical services, providing powerful tools and rigorous solutions for preclinical drug development as you evaluate therapeutic candidates, advance lead compounds toward first-in-human trials, and support ongoing clinical development.

  • Lead Optimization Services

    LEAD OPTIMIZATION

    LEAD OPTIMIZATION

    We investigate specific drug characteristics to identify optimal candidates for clinical success.

  • Preclinical Pharmacology Services

    PHARMACOLOGY

    PHARMACOLOGY

    Our pharmacological testing predicts biological effects of new therapeutic entities, supported by our extensive bioanalysis capabilities.

  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics Testing

    Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics

    Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics

    Our team of scientists is adept at evaluating PK/PD parameters for the characterization of active substances on a test system and understands the importance of selecting the right candidates for preclinical drug development.

  • Acute Toxicology Studies - Acute Toxicity

    Acute Toxicology

    Acute Toxicology

    A well-designed, streamlined acute toxicity study by Altasciences can help predict likely target organ toxicity and help with dose selection for initial repeat dose toxicity tests. We offer efficient preclinical drug development study designs that honor the three Rs of animal welfare (replacement, reduction, refinement), while ensuring that proper scientific rigor is achieved.

  • Dose Range Finding Studies

    Dose Range Finding/​Maximum Tolerated Dose

    Dose Range Finding/​Maximum Tolerated Dose

    Through a rapid assessment of the toxicological profile of your new therapeutic entity, we will help you establish initial safety — facilitating subsequent regulatory toxicological studies.

  • Repeated-Dose Toxicity Studies - Preclinical Toxicity Testing

    REPEATED DOSE TOXICITY

    REPEATED DOSE TOXICITY

    The partner you select to characterize the toxicological profile of your new therapeutic entity can be a difference-maker since it is a key component of your safety assessment program. With over 25 years of experience, our scientific team has the expertise to help support your preclinical drug development decisions.

  • Safety Pharmacology Studies -  Safety Pharmacology Services

    Safety Pharmacology

    Safety Pharmacology

    Let us help you assess the impact of your therapeutic entity on vital organ systems before first-in-human testing. To support your IND enabling studies, our experienced team can assist you in identifying and minimizing potential risks earlier, so that you can advance your best molecule through preclinical drug development and beyond.

  • Subchronic/Chronic Toxicity Testing

    Sub-Chronic/​Chronic, Repeated Dose Toxicity

    Sub-Chronic/​Chronic, Repeated Dose Toxicity

    If your therapeutic entity is intended for repeated or chronic use in patients, we can test it for any adverse effects over extended periods of time, as per your preclinical drug development program needs.

SPECIES

We have experience with and are equipped to conduct preclinical studies in a wide array of species.

Rat | Mouse | Dog | NHP | Rabbit | Guinea Pig | Minipig | Swine

ROUTES OF ADMINISTRATION

We have expertise with multiple routes of administration, including the ones listed below. If your study needs a route not listed here, please contact us.

  • Oral (gavage, diet, capsule)
  • Parenteral (intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intraperitoneal, intrathecal and intra-articular)
  • Infusion
  • Ocular
  • Intranasal
  • Topical
  • Intravaginal
  • Rectal

OUR PRECLINICAL FACILITY

Altasciences’ preclinical facility provides efficient and standardized workflows to ensure consistency in practices and uniform quality in results — with industry-leading start times and competitive reporting timelines.

  • 140 custom-designed animal rooms, including European housing
  • Barrier facilities for NHPs, dogs, mini pigs , rodents and rabbits
  • AAALAC-accredited, USDA registered, OLAW Assurance, BSL-2
  • Client-dedicated NHP colonies available upon request
  • FDA inspected
  • Archive facility and services on site

Our Commitment to Animal Welfare

COMPREHENSIVE FULL-SERVICE OFFERING

Our full support service model complements our preclinical drug development offering to best meet your needs.

  • Scientific, Regulatory and Strategic Guidance
  • Protocol Development
  • Project Management
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioanalysis (small and large molecules)
  • Toxicokinetics
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Reporting
  • SEND
  • Archiving

See Bioanalysis & Research Services to Learn More

Preclinical Services - FAQs

Which preclinical drug development studies do you offer?

Single dose/acute, dose range finding, sub-chronic dosing, chronic dosing, carcinogenicity, safety pharmacology, toxicology, PK/PD. Most studies that you need for your IND enabling program can be conducted at Altasciences.

Do you offer supporting services for preclinical drug development?

We offer scientific, regulatory and strategic guidance, protocol development, project management, analytical chemistry, bioanalysis for small and large molecules, toxicokinetics, anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, reporting, SEND, and archiving of your preclinical research samples.

How do you ensure the 3Rs are applied when conducting preclinical drug development studies?

We have an innovative, robust animal welfare program that ensures the 3Rs are rigorously applied, and that the physical and mental safety of our test animals is at the forefront of our activities. All employees sign a pledge to honor the animals in our care. Read a recent e-Bulletin for access to our animal welfare and preclinical research videos, which offer a more in-depth look at what we do.

Do you work with both rodents and non-rodents for preclinical drug development programs?

Yes we work with both small and large animals, for all your preclinical research needs. Our facility is equipped with 140 animal rooms, including European Housing, and we are constantly working to develop innovative and reduced-stress methods of working with our non-human primates.

Do you offer preclinical to clinical integrated development programs?

Yes we do. When you partner with us for an integrated, end to end program, we design the clinical studies to use the preclinical data to best advantage. We ensure a constant flow of communication and open collaboration so that you only have to Tell Us Once(™) and then we take care of the rest.

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