Human Genome Sciences Completes Transaction Establishing CoGenesys as an Independent Company
News Jun 13, 2006
Human Genome Sciences, Inc. has announced that it has completed the transaction establishing its CoGenesys division as an independent company that will focus on the early development of selected gene-based product opportunities and the monetization of certain HGS intellectual property and technology assets.
In a separate press release, CoGenesys announced the completion of a $55 million Series A financing.
"Through this transaction, HGS will realize value from certain intellectual property assets and early-stage product opportunities that we do not plan to develop internally," said H. Thomas Watkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Human Genome Sciences.
"HGS will benefit in future years from its right to share in CoGenesys revenues and from its equity interest."
"HGS will maintain its focus on progress toward the commercialization of our lead products, Albuferon for hepatitis C and LymphoStat-B for lupus, both of which are expected to enter Phase 3 clinical trials before the end of 2006."
Scientists from the UNC School of Medicine discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obese, making it a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes.READ MORE