From melatonin receptors to Valdoxan

Impact: Quality of life Impacts

Description of impact

Original basic research on melatonin receptors undertaken at the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, and funded by the Scottish Government, provided the opportunity for Servier pharmaceuticals to develop a new line of therapeutics for depression.

The company exploited Rowett know-how and invested in new research to develop a new line of compounds and to understand their structure-function relationships. This work enabled the development of melatonin analogues for clinical trials and ultimately led to the development of melatonin compounds for treatment of circadian related disorders.

One (S20098) was identified as having positive effects for disrupted circadian rhythms and beneficial outcomes for patients with depression. S20098 (also known as Agomelatine) was launched after EU authorization in 2009 as a novel anti-depressant drug called Valdoxan®. Today Valdoxan is an award winning anti-depressant drug recognised for its novel mechanism of action and few side effects. Valdoxan is the only anti-depressant drug to be brought to the market in the last 10 years. In summary, supported by investment from industry research undertaken at the University of Aberdeen contributed to the development of a novel antidepressant drug that provides a new clinical intervention with advantages over previously available antidepressants that will make a significant impact on the health and well-being of those afflicted by depression.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactQuality of life Impacts