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Preclinical services

The pharmacological studies performed on non-human primates (NHP) generate complementary, high quality and valuable data that bridge translational research between small animal models and humans. They are an essential step for the preclinical development of drug candidates.

Based on our extensive experience, Cynbiose’s teams offers support and guidance all along your projects:

  • Scientific advice regarding preclinical models and methods
  • Technical and scientific support
  • Hands-on and flexible study design
  • Close and long-term customer relationship
  • Preclinical studies undertaken in a highly reliable quality environment (GLP-like)

Preclinical research services

The clinically relevance of NHP models and their predictive power in different types of preclinical studies ensure a successful transition to clinical development.

Pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) investigations

These exploratory studies produce a complete dataset describing the in vivo behaviour of drug candidates ahead of preclinical regulatory studies.

Cynbiose has unparalleled expertise in Central pharmacokinetics studies and the in vitro and in vivo evaluation of the crossing the blood brain barrier (BBB).

Derisking novel drugs, immunotherapies and gene therapies, particularly in the early stages, further increases the drug candidates’ development success into the clinics.


Early non-GLP toxicology studies

Early assessment of the safety profile of new drugs in a clinically relevant in vivo model will provide preclinical teams with valuable data, in order to derisk discovery programs or help design safety regulatory studies.

Our experienced and skilled teams will provide you with time and cost-effective non-GLP toxicology studies, such as:

  • Toxicokinetics and tolerability studies: single-dose or dose-escalation studies
  • Dose range finding studies (DRF / MTD)
  • Safety pharmacology to determine the MABEL and identify potentially adverse functional effects (NOEL, NOAEL).

One of Cynbiose’s main assets is the ability to tackle complex, unorthodox experimental designs: we routinely combine PK and safety elements in order to provides sponsors with custom protocols.

Efficacy studies with pharmacological models (POC)

We provide proprietary and predictive physiopathological models providing decisive evidence of the efficacy of drug candidates. Discover our in vivo models for Proof of Concept studies or contacts us for the development of customized efficacy models.

Technical capabilities


Types of products

  • Small molecules (NCEs)
  • Biopharmaceuticals (peptides, recombinant proteins, oligonucleotides …)
  • Immunotherapies such as antibodies (mAb), antibody drug conjugates (ADC), …
  • Vaccines
  • Gene therapy medicinal products (GTMPs) such as adeno-associated viruses (AAV), adenoviruses, lentiviruses, viral vectors…
  • Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), such as cell therapies, CAR-T, tissue engineered medicines, ASO…
  • Nanomedicines
  • Live Biotherapeutic Products (LBPs)
  • Medical devices
  • Biomaterials


Administration routes

  • Oral (nasogastric, oral)
  • Parenteral routes: classical routes (IV, SC, IM, ID, IP), intrathecal, intracerebral, intravitreal, intravaginal, intranasal, intratracheal, intra-articular (knee)
  • Inhalation: aerosolization, nebulization
  • Topical: dermal

Surgical methods

Our veterinary team masters a wide range of surgical skills based on a decade-long practical experience, and performs high quality surgery to fit the sponsors’ requirements.
MRI-guided surgeries are also available.

Sampling types

Depending on the study’s objectives, our highly skilled technicians can provide various sampling of fluids, tissues and organs. These sampling methods include the collection of blood, saliva, tears, urine, feces, CSF, organ biopsies, etc.

Different options are available for further bioanalysis.

Cutting-edge proprietary exploration platforms

  • KineC3© dedicated to the study of the crossing of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) for drug candidates targeting the central nervous system.
  • Kine IA© : thanks to in-house techniques for vascular catheterization of the portal vein, we are able to conduct pharmacokinetics studies to examine the «first pass effect » (also known as first-pass metabolism) of active substances administered orally.

Clinical follow-up and Bioanalysis

We have developed specific expertise and skills for the clinical monitoring of our animals. Specific proprietary evaluation grids have been developed and are continuously improved upon for the assessment of different clinical aspects (neurological signs and behavior, locomotion, etc…).

Various types of bioanalysis can be performed, either internally or thanks to our local and european network of preferred partners:

  • Clinical pathology, including on infectious or GMO BSL1-3 samples
    • CBC with differential WBC
    • Biochemistry
    • Coagulation
    • Thromboelastometry
  • Blood pressure, ECG
  • Implanted body temperature logging
  • Bleeding time tests
  • Circulating biomarkers (ELISA, LUMINEX)
  • Immunophenotyping (FACS)
  • Histopathology / Immunohistochemistry
  • Specific analyses: Viremia, bacteremia, Ab, Nab, ADA
  • Pharmacokinetics (e.g. LC/MS/MS)

In vivo preclinical imaging

Thanks to its anatomy similar to human regarding critical aspects (brain, joints, lungs…), the non-human primate can be involved in clinically relevant imaging protocols, using the same devices and methods than those used in human patients. Cynbiose has established long-lasting relationships with public and private partners to offer multimodal state-of-the-art imaging methods, such as :

  • Echocardiography, Doppler
  • CT scanner, µCT scanner
  • Fluoroscope
  • MRI (operated by Hawkcell*)

*HawkCell is a company specialized in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for preclinical research studies, but also for early-stage research such as proof-of-concept studies. Based on a unique technology combining hardware and software developments, HawkCell’s services provide fast, precise, and quantitative analysis for in vivo evaluation of drug candidates and medical devices (MD). The field of work is infinite and range from neurology, cardiology, digestive, musculoskeletal pathologies… to inflammation, oncology, metabolism disorders and up to MD biocompatibility tests. HawkCell handles in vivo image acquisition, post-processing and image quantification in compliance with the quality standards of the pharmaceutical industry, but also in accordance with the 3R principle. HawkCell has its own research laboratory with SLA 3D printers, and electronic devices for any tailored applications requiring specific MRI coils or 3D parts.

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