MultiCell Technologies, Inc. entered into a worldwide exclusive license and technology purchase agreement with Corning Incorporated of Corning, NY concerning the Company's Fa2N-4 immortalized adult human liver cell lines.
Corning paid MultiCell a license fee, and has agreed to purchase certain inventory and equipment related to MultiCell's Fa2N-4 cell line business, hire certain MultiCell scientific personnel, and pay for access to MultiCell's laboratories during transfer of the Fa2N-4 cell lines to Corning.
MultiCell will retain and continue to support all of its existing licensees, including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Eisai. MultiCell retains the right to use the Fa2N-4 cells for use in applications not related to drug discovery or ADME/Tox assays.
MultiCell also retains rights to use the Fa2N-4 cell lines and other cell lines to further develop its Sybiol® liver assist device, to produce therapeutic proteins using the Company's BioFactories™ technology, to identify drug targets and for other applications related to the Company's internal drug development programs.
"We are pleased to partner with Corning in the drug discovery assay tools, ADME/Tox and biomarker segments. MultiCell's focus is on using our therapeutic antibody and Toll-like receptor (TLR) technologies to develop new drug candidates, and to advance our lead drug candidate, MCT-125, for the treatment of primary MS-related fatigue," said Jerry Newmin, Chairman of the Board of MultiCell Technologies.