- Matt Clark named new Chief Executive Officer
- US-based X-Chem is the leading provider of small molecule discovery services to global biopharma using DNA-Encoded Library technology
- GHO to invest further in best-in-class technology and service proposition
London, UK – Global Healthcare Opportunities, or GHO Capital Partners LLP (GHO), the European specialist investor in healthcare, announces the acquisition of X-Chem, Inc. (X-Chem), the industry-leading provider of DNA-Encoded Library (DEL)-based discovery services, from an affiliate of The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman LLC.
From its Waltham, US headquarters and leveraging a proprietary DEL platform with libraries containing over 200 billion small molecules, X-Chem provides drug discovery services to biopharma partners. X-Chem has licensed over seventy research programs, comprising hundreds of novel chemical entities, to companies throughout the US, Europe and Japan.
X-Chem will benefit from GHO’s expertise, global network and international resources to accelerate growth. With continued investment and support from GHO, X-Chem will be able to build on its best-in-class technology to better service partners by expanding the service offering and growing internationally.
DEL technology, allowing customers to screen billions of compounds simultaneously against a single biological target, is an innovative and high growth segment of the market as pharmaceutical companies look for access to cutting edge scientific expertise to support an increasingly challenging drug discovery process.
Upon completion of the transaction, Matt Clark, co-founder of X-Chem and current SVP of Chemistry will be named CEO. A thought leader in drug discovery and DEL-mediated hit identification, Matt will lead X-Chem in its next phase of growth and development.
Matt succeeds Rick Wagner, co-founder and CEO of X-Chem, who will resign from the company. Under Rick’s leadership, X-Chem grew from a niche discovery platform to an industry leading provider of novel drug leads.
The Partners at GHO Capital commented: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the X-Chem team. With its proven DEX discovery platform, X-Chem is the go-to provider for small molecule drug discovery for all of biopharma and poised for future growth.”
Rick Wagner, departing CEO of X-Chem, commented: “On behalf of the X-Chem management team, I’d like to thank Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman for their partnership and support of the advancement of X-Chem’s industry leadership position. After leading the company for over 10 years, I believe now is the ideal time for Matt and the ongoing management team to take the reins. Matt has been a guidepost for advancing X-Chem to its leadership position in DEL technology, and he is now poised to drive the expansion and growth of the company to its next level. I plan to work with the Board and Matt to ensure a smooth transition.”