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Human Genome Sciences and Morphotek(R), Inc. Announce Collaboration to Discover, Develop and Commercialize Antibodies for Oncology and Immunology
Date:3/25/2009

to apply our antibody technology to a range of novel targets that stem from HGS's genomic discovery research," said Nicholas Nicolaides, Ph.D., President and CEO of Morphotek. "This agreement is a continuation of our business model of leveraging access to targets from collaborators that have identified them using their internal expertise/technologies, applying Morphotek's technologies to develop lead antibodies and then through active collaboration with our partners validating the therapeutic potential of our antibodies in preclinical and if warranted clinical studies."

About the HGS New Targets Initiative

HGS has a rich heritage of scientific discovery that has produced a large intellectual property estate and a library of thousands of therapeutic and diagnostic targets. Over the past three years, HGS has conducted a careful review and selected approximately 50 targets for further research and potential development. HGS plans to develop the selected targets through co-development or research collaborations, including the agreement with Morphotek announced today, as well as through its own internal research.

About Morphotek

Morphotek(R), Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Corporation of North America, is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of protein and antibody products through the use of novel and proprietary technologies. These technologies have been successfully applied to a variety of molecules that are suitable for pharmaceutical product development in the areas of antibody therapeutics, protein therapeutics, product manufacturing, drug target discovery, and improved output traits for commercial applications. The company is currently focusing its platform on the development and manufacturing of therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of cancer, inflammation and infectious disease. For more information, please visit '/>"/>

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