MARTINSRIED, GERMANY and MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - January 23, 2012) -
MorphoSys AG / MorphoSys Strengthens Patent Position on MOR202 Program
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MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) announced today
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent
Company's cancer compound MOR202. The new patent (US 8,088,896)
MorphoSys's HuCAL antibody against CD38 as well as pharmaceutical
comprising the same, and has a scheduled expiry date in 2028, not
potential regulatory extensions.
"In 2011, MOR202 became our third proprietary antibody program in
trials, following MOR103 in rheumatoid arthritis and multiple
MOR208 in chronic lymphocytic leukemia," commented Dr. Marlies Sproll,
Scientific Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Strengthening our intellectual
position on our proprietary products, particularly in our most important
Europe, the USA and Asia, is of high priority for MorphoSys."
MOR202 is a fully human HuCAL antibody directed against CD38, a
target for the treatment of multiple myeloma and certain forms of leukemia.
HuCAL-derived, fully human antibody is currently being tested in a phase
trial* in patients with relapsed/refractory myeloma.
Currently, MorphoSys is prosecuting more than 40 different proprietary
families world-wide, in addition to those being pursued in cooperation
*Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as
Munich's leading edge cluster m4 - Personalized medicine and targeted
MorphoSys developed HuCAL, the most successful antibody library technology
the pharmaceutical industry. By successfully applying this and other
technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic
antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human healthcare.
company's AbD Serotec unit uses HuCAL and other antibody technologies to
generate superior monoclonal antibodies for research and diagnostic
Together with its pharmaceutical partners, MorphoSys has built a
therapeuticpipeline of more than 70 human antibody drug candidates for the
treatment of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease, to name
a few. With its ongoing commitment to new antibody technology and drug
development, MorphoSys is focused on making the healthcare products of
MorphoSys is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol MOR.
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HuCAL®, HuCAL GOLD®, HuCAL PLATINUM®,
CysDisplay®, RapMAT® and
arYla® are registered trademarks of MorphoSys AG. Ylanthia® and
high potentials™ are trademarks of MorphoSys AG.
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