04-Oct-2000 - MorphoSys AG

MorphoSys enters Cancer Collaboration with ImmunoGen

Cambridge, USA, Martinsried/Munich, Germany, October 2, 2000 MorphoSys AG (Neuer Markt: MOR), the German biotechnology company based in Munich/Martinsried, today announced a collaboration with ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN), a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company. The two companies will collaborate on the development of human antibodies for the treatment of cancer. Under the agreement, MorphoSys will receive a technology access payment, as well as development-related milestone payments and royalties on marketed products. Financial details were not disclosed.

In the collaboration, MorphoSys will apply its HuCAL-Fab technology to discover and optimize fully human antibodies against an unspecified ImmunoGen cell surface target associated with a number of forms of cancer. ImmunoGen will be responsible for developing one or more antibodies generated by MorphoSys into a marketable product.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with ImmunoGen, a company with great experience in the development of antibody-based cancer therapeutics”, commented Daniel L. Menichella, President, MorphoSys USA and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. “This deal, our sixth this year, is another example of our ability to form partnerships based on our HuCAL technology with companies committed to developing fully human antibodies.”

“We look forward to working with MorphoSys in this program. We believe their antibody library is the best technology available for rapid generation of human antibodies to our target,” said Walter A. Blättler, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Science and Technology, ImmunoGen. “This program is a part of our strategy of developing antibody-based products from targets generated by our Apoptosis Technology, Inc. subsidiary, and is an example of our efforts to fill our pipeline of internally-developed products.”

MorphoSys develops and applies innovative technologies for the production of synthetic antibodies which accelerate drug discovery and target characterisation. Founded in 1992, the Company's proprietary Human Combinatorial Antibody Library (HuCAL) technology is used by researchers world-wide for human antibody generation. The Company currently has licensing and research collaborations with Bayer (Berkeley, California/USA), Roche AG (Basel/Switzerland), DuPont Pharmaceuticals (Wilmington, Delaware/USA), Millennium (Cambridge, Mass/USA), Chiron (Emeryville, California/USA), GPC Biotech AG (Munich/Germany) ProChon Biotech (Revohot/Israel) and Eos Biotechnology (South San Francisco/California/USA).

ImmunoGen, Inc. develops innovative biopharmaceuticals, primarily for cancer treatment. The Company creates potent tumor-activated prodrugs (TAPs), consisting of small molecular, cytotoxic drugs coupled to monoclonal antibodies for delivery to and destruction of cancer cells. The most advanced TAP, huC242-DM1/SB-408075, designed to treat colorectal and pancreatic cancer, is in two Phase I/II human clinical studies. The Company’s subsidiary, Apoptosis Technology, Inc. (ATI), identifies defects in apoptosis – also known as cell suicide -- pathways. Besides MorphoSys, the company has collaborations with SmithKline Beecham, Genentech, Abgenix and British Biotech.

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  • MorphoSys
  • human antibodies
  • apoptosis
  • ImmunoGen
  • biotechnology
  • antibodies
  • Wilmington
  • tumors
  • Switzerland
  • monoclonal antibodies
  • milestone payments
  • GPC Biotech
  • Genentech
  • EOS
  • DuPont
  • collaborations
  • clinical trials
  • Chiron
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • Bayer
  • Abgenix
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