Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Immunology
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Menarini and OBT Sign Major Strategic Collaboration

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Bookmark and Share
Strategic alliance for the clinical development and manufacture of a portfolio of novel antibody-based cancer drugs.

Menarini and Oxford BioTherapeutics (OBT) have announced a major innovative and strategic alliance to develop a portfolio of antibody-based drugs in the field of cancer.

The agreement covers five of OBT’s antibody and antibody drug conjugate (ADC) programs, each of which addresses a different cancer indication via a different novel oncology target.

The deal brings together OBT’s discovery expertise with Menarini’s clinical knowledge, and expanding capabilities in the manufacture and development of biologics, to build value for both companies as they work to bring this exciting portfolio of next generation antibody-based cancer drugs to market.

Under the collaboration, Menarini will lead the efforts in the manufacture and clinical development of each program, supported by OBT, while OBT will provide the proprietary cancer target, antibody and arming technologies.

Once clinical proof of concept has been achieved, OBT will complete the clinical development and commercialize these novel antibody-based products in North America and Japan, whilst Menarini will develop and commercialize the products in Europe, CIS, Asia and Latin America.

Christian Rohlff, CEO of OBT, commented, “I am delighted to collaborate with Menarini, a company that has made impressive achievements in biologics development and demonstrated an enduring commitment to the development of innovative cancer therapies. This creative alliance is transformational for us as it allows OBT to participate in the clinical development and future commercialization of our programs while at the same time it bolsters Menarini’s pipeline with a portfolio of the next generation of cancer drugs. We believe this innovative business framework could become the business model of choice for rapidly growing biotechnology companies seeking new ways to develop their drug pipeline effectively.”

Alberto Giovanni Aleotti, member of the Board of A. Menarini, commented, “We are eager to start our collaboration with OBT, an oncology company with a proven track record of generating innovative antibody-based cancer drug candidates that are designed to address high unmet medical needs. I am very pleased that this novel strategic alliance, which foresees the development and manufacture of up to 5 cancer treatment programs and a total investment of 800 million Euro, will enable us to further demonstrate our deep and long standing commitment to the fight against cancer, which has always been crucial to Menarini’s overall corporate mission.”

OBT’s dedicated development operation in Basel, Switzerland, established in May 2012 under the direction of COO Dr. Esteban Pombo, will perform a central role in supporting the new collaboration as OBT and Menarini work together to progress OBT’s most advanced therapeutic antibody and antibody drug conjugate (ADC) oncology programs into clinical development.


Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,400+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Oxford BioTherapeutics Grants an Exclusive License to Boehringer Ingelheim
License for development and commercialization of antibody products to an oncology target.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Oxford BioTherapeutics Appoints Dr Eugen Leo
Dr. Leo will be responsible for driving the Company’s pipeline of ADCs into clinical development.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Oxford BioTherapeutics Appoints Dr Keith E Wilson as Chief Scientific Officer
Dr Wilson brings over 20 years’ experience of life sciences research and development to the Company.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Oxford BioTherapeutics Takes Exclusive Rights to Use Xenomouse® Antibodies and ADC Technology
Company to develop novel antibody-drug conjugate for HER2-negative breast cancer.
Friday, May 16, 2014
OBT and Menarini Progress Enhanced Antibody for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
First clinical development candidate in $1 billion oncology investment alliance.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
OBT Appoints C. Glenn Begley as a Senior Clinical Advisor and Non-executive Director
Dr Begley brings extensive knowledge and expertise to OBT at an exciting phase in the company’s development.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Scientific News
Sorting Through Cellular Statistics
Aaron Dinner, professor in chemistry, and his graduate student Herman Gudjonson are trying to read the manual of life, DNA, as part of the Dinner group’s research into bioinformatics—the application of statistics to biological research.
Women’s Immune System Genes Operate Differently from Men’s
A new technology reveals that immune system genes switch on and off differently in women and men, and the source of that variation is not primarily in the DNA.
Experimental MERS Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Studies
A two-step regimen of experimental vaccines against Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) prompted immune responses in mice and rhesus macaques, report National Institutes of Health scientists who designed the vaccines.
HIV Susceptibility Linked to Little-Understood Immune Cell Class
High levels of diversity among immune cells called natural killer cells may strongly predispose people to infection by HIV, and may be driven by prior viral exposures, according to a new study.
New Weapon in the Fight Against Blood Cancer
This strategy, which uses patients’ own immune cells, genetically engineered to target tumors, has shown significant success against multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that is largely incurable.
Scientists Create CRISPR/Cas9 Knock-In Mutations in Human T Cells
In a project spearheaded by investigators at UC San Francisco, scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9.
Researchers Develop Vaccine that Protects Primates Against Ebola
A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the National Institutes of Health have developed an inhalable vaccine that protects primates against Ebola.
Universal Flu Vaccine in the Works
A new study has demonstrated a potential strategy for developing a flu vaccine with potent, broad protection.
Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Myeloma
A strategy, which uses patients’ own immune cells, genetically engineered to target tumors, has shown significant success against multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that is largely incurable.
Immune System 'On Switch' Breakthrough Could Lead to Targeted Drugs
A crucial 'on switch' that boosts the body's defenses against infections has been successfully identified in new scientific research.
SELECTBIO

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,400+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FREE!