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Dynavax and GlaxoSmithKline Select Clinical Candidate in the Endosomal TLR Inhibitor Program

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Dynavax Technologies Corporation has announced the selection of a candidate for clinical development in its endosomal Toll-like Receptor (TLR) inhibitor collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.

The selected molecule DV1179, a bifunctional TLR inhibitor, has moved into advanced preclinical IND-enabling studies that could allow clinical development to begin as early as this year.

Dynavax and GlaxoSmithKline are collaborating to develop novel inhibitors of endosomal TLRs for the treatment of multiple autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. TLRs are key receptors of the innate immune system.

Under the collaboration, Dynavax has been conducting research primarily in the area of autoimmune and sterile inflammatory diseases. GSK has a right to exercise its exclusive option to license each program upon achievement of proof-of-concept or earlier upon certain circumstances.

After exercising its option, GSK will carry out further development and commercialization of these products. Dynavax will receive tiered royalties, up to double-digits, on sales and has retained an option to co-develop and co-promote one specified product.

Dynavax received an initial payment of $10 million when the collaboration was announced in December 2008 in exchange for which GSK received an exclusive option over four programs targeting autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.