MorphoSys AG has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent covering the Company's cancer compound MOR202.
The new patent (US 8,088,896) covers MorphoSys's HuCAL antibody against CD38 as well as pharmaceutical compositions comprising the same, and has a scheduled expiry date in 2028, not including any potential regulatory extensions.
"In 2011, MOR202 became our third proprietary antibody program in clinical trials, following MOR103 in rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis and MOR208 in chronic lymphocytic leukemia," commented Dr. Marlies Sproll, Chief Scientific Officer of MorphoSys AG.
Dr. Sproll continued, "Strengthening our intellectual property position on our proprietary products, particularly in our most important markets Europe, the USA and Asia, is of high priority for MorphoSys."
MOR202 is a fully human HuCAL antibody directed against CD38, a therapeutic target for the treatment of multiple myeloma and certain forms of leukemia.
The HuCAL-derived, fully human antibody is currently being tested in a phase 1/2a trial in patients with relapsed/refractory myeloma.
Currently, MorphoSys is prosecuting more than 40 different proprietary patent families world-wide, in addition to those being pursued in cooperation with its partners.