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Ablynx Identifies Nanobodies® Achieving Second Milestone in Procter & Gamble Collaboration

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Ablynx has announced that its collaboration agreement with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Inc. (P&GP), a division of The Procter & Gamble Company, has reached a second milestone.

Ablynx has discovered novel Nanobodies® against a second target for possible new treatments in the musculoskeletal area. The first milestone under this collaboration was achieved in December 2006 and was also a target for musculoskeletal diseases.

Ablynx’s patented Nanobody® technology has been used to identify a highly diverse and potent panel of Nanobodies® against one of the targets exclusive to the collaboration, triggering a second undisclosed milestone payment.

Hennie R. Hoogenboom, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at Ablynx, said: “We are delighted to have met another important milestone as part of our on-going collaboration with Procter & Gamble. This is yet another important validation of the speed at which our Nanobody® technology platform can deliver high quality Nanobodies®. We are very excited to advance this programme to the next stage together with Procter & Gamble.”

Kevin E. Driscoll, PhD, Director New Technology Development at P&GP added: “We are very pleased with the progression of our collaboration with Ablynx. We are a step closer towards the goal of producing Nanobody® development candidates in this very important area of musculoskeletal diseases.”

As part of this on-going collaboration Ablynx is responsible for discovering Nanobodies® that meet an agreed product profile. P&GP is responsible for the pre-clinical and clinical development of Nanobodies®, as well as the commercialization of any resulting drug products.

Ablynx’ strategy is to build a diverse and broad portfolio of therapeutic Nanobodies® based on strategic partnerships as well as on its own internal discovery pipeline.