MorphoSys Nominates First Pre-Development Program in Antibody Collaboration
News Sep 24, 2008
MorphoSys AG has announced that it has exercised its first option to participate in the development of a therapeutic antibody program within its collaboration with Novartis. In a first, pre-development step, Novartis will fund the companies' joint efforts until the program reaches formal pre-clinical development. MorphoSys will recognize its share of the funding as additional revenues.
In December 2007, MorphoSys and Novartis forged one of the most comprehensive strategic alliances in the discovery and development of biopharmaceuticals. Financial terms include committed payments in excess of US$600 million over the 10-year lifetime of the agreement.
Under the co-development options, MorphoSys may elect to participate in a selection of projects through cost and profit sharing with financial participation reflecting its level of investment in the respective programs. The pre-development agreement provides MorphoSys with the option to enter a formal co-development for the respective program with Novartis. Certain early stage costs in these programs are being funded by Novartis.