Thelial Technologies, S.A. is a revenue generating drug discovery company that applies its unique, proprietary fly embryobased technology to find new candidate compounds for the treatment of diseases that can be addressed by cell polarity modulation. By modulating cell polarity it is possible to specifically target a series of indications, where reduced integrity of epithelial cellular barriers is a key to pathologies. Using Thelial’s patented discovery platform theLiTETM the company has identified 28 candidate compounds, of which one – theEoE has been prioritized for further development based on toxicology, efficacy, bioavailability, IP and manufacturing decision points. theEoE will be the first approved product for treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). EoE is an inflammatory disease of the esophagus elicited by foods and possibly environmental allergens. It occurs when a type of white blood cells, eosinophils, accumulate in the esophagus and persists, causing local injury and inflammation. Currently, there are no specific cure for the EoE, causing patients’ reduced wellbeing due to uncontrolled and persistent symptoms (e.g. high difficulty in swallowing, pain, nausea, regurgitation, and vomiting). Thelial offers a targeted topical treatment that reduces the clinical symptoms, modifies disease progression through tissue remodeling, and increases the duration of treatment response. These features will allow physicians, patients and payers to benefit from a revolutionary new treatment with fewer side-effects, and lower risk of health complications thanks to a better management of the disease over time. By promoting a first in line targeted therapy for EoE, Thelial’s innovation project perfectly fits the “Europe2020 challenges – for a healthier EU” 1) spending smarter but not necessarily more in sustainable health systems and 2) investing in people’s health, particularly through health-promotion programmes.