XOMA Ltd. Restructures Drug Development Collaboration with Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc. Including Oncology Drug Candidate HCD122
BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 10, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XOMA Ltd. (NasdaqGM:XOMA - News), a leader in the discovery and development of therapeutic antibodies, today announced the restructuring of its product development collaboration with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. (``Novartis''), which involves six development programs including the ongoing HCD122 program. Under the restructured agreement Novartis will make an upfront payment to XOMA of $6.2 million; fully fund all future R&D expenses; reduce existing debt by $7.5 million; pay potential milestones of up to $14 million and double-digit royalty rates for two ongoing product programs including HCD122; and provide XOMA with options to develop or receive royalties on four additional programs currently pending selection. In exchange, Novartis will have control over the HCD122 program and the additional ongoing program, as well as the right to expand the development of these programs into additional indications outside of oncology. As part of the agreement, NVS will pay XOMA for all project costs incurred after July 1.