MARTINSRIED, GERMANY and MUNCHEN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - July 06, 2010) -
MorphoSys AG / MorphoSys Receives Research Grant to Advance Anti-CD38
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Project is Part of Munich's Cluster Initiative "m4 - Personalized Medicine
MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) announced today
has been awarded a grant by the German Federal Ministry of
Research, BMBF. The funding of approximately EUR 1 million supports
accelerating the development of its HuCAL-based cancer program MOR202
clinical development for the treatment of multiple myeloma. As part
program, the Company plans to explore relevant biomarkers for the
approach in collaboration with Klinikum rechts der Isar, the university
of Munich Technical University. The program is part of Munich's
initiative "m4 - Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapies - A New
in Drug Development in the Munich Region", which this year received
cluster status in a German government funding competition.
MOR202 is a fully human, HuCAL antibody directed against CD38, a membrane-
glycoprotein that is a promising therapeutic target for the
multiple myeloma and certain leukemias. In pre-clinical studies,
effectively killed cancer cells from primary patient tumor material and
hematologic cancer cell lines. Furthermore, preclinical efficacy was
demonstrating inhibition of tumor growth in SCID-mouse xenograft tumor
The program is expected to move into clinical trials in Q1 2011.
"We believe that MOR202 has a very competitive profile and distinct
over similar programs in the industry. As part of the research program
Klinikum rechts der Isar we plan to explore certain biomarkers for
therapeutic approach, thereby further differentiating our program,"
Dr. Arndt Schottelius, Chief Development Officer of MorphoSys AG. "This
supports the MOR202 program, for which we are on track to file a clinical
application in Europe before the end of 2010."
MorphoSys is an independent biotechnology company that develops novel
for therapeutic, diagnostic and research applications. The Company's HuCAL
technology is one of the most powerful methods available for generating
human antibodies. By successfully applying this and other proprietary
technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic
antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human health-care.
Through its alliances with some of the world's leading pharmaceutical
MorphoSys has created a pipeline of more than 60 drug candidates. The
expanding its drug pipeline by adding new partnered programs, and by
portfolio of fully-owned therapeutic antibodies. For its proprietary
the Company is focused on the areas of oncology and inflammation. Its most
advanced program MOR103, a first-in-class, fully human antibody against GM-
is currently tested in a Phase Ib/IIa trial in rheumatoid arthritis
Via its business unit AbD Serotec, MorphoSys is expanding the reach of its
technologies in the diagnostics and research markets. MorphoSys is
in Munich, Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the
"MOR". For further information, visithttp://www.morphosys.com/
HuCAL®, HuCAL GOLD®, HuCAL PLATINUM®, CysDisplay®
and RapMAT® are
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Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-332
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