Navigation Links
Morphotek(R), Inc. Awarded Funding to Develop Therapeutic Antibodies Against Potential Biowarfare Toxins

EXTON, Pa., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Morphotek(R), Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Corporation of North America, announced today that it was awarded $843,289 in funding from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, to support the development of human monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies against staphylococcal-derived toxin(s)(1).

Morphotek is applying its proprietary MORPHODOMA(R) antibody technology and experience to develop therapeutic monoclonal antibodies with the ability to bind and neutralize the toxic effects of staphylococcal-derived pathogens.

"We are extremely pleased to receive continued support from the NIAID to develop novel compounds that have the potential to treat against biowarfare pathogens and infectious disease," said Nicholas Nicolaides, Ph.D., President and CEO of Morphotek. "We hope that this grant may accelerate the pace of our discovery and development of antibody therapeutics that will ultimately benefit both pathogen-exposed adults and their families."

This grant represents the third annual increment of this cooperative agreement award that Morphotek has received from the NIAID for the development of therapeutic antibodies that target staphylococcal pathogens. This program is consistent with Eisai's human health care (hhc) mission to satisfy unmet medical needs of, and increase the benefits to, patients and their families.


NIAID conducts and supports research -- at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide -- to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses. News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID Web site at

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. The 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

About Eisai Corporation of North America

Eisai Corporation of North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. and supports the activities of its operating companies in North America. These operating companies include: Eisai Research Institute of Boston, Inc., a discovery operation with strong organic chemistry capabilities; Morphotek, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies; Eisai Medical Research Inc., a clinical development group; Eisai Inc., a commercial operation with manufacturing and marketing/sales functions; and Eisai Machinery U.S.A., which markets and maintains pharmaceutical manufacturing machinery.

(1) The information contained in this press release does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases or the National Institutes of Health and no official endorsement should be inferred.

SOURCE Morphotek, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Morphotek(R), Inc. Announces Initiation of MORAb-009 Phase II Study in First- Line Treatment of Mesothelioma
2. Human Genome Sciences and Morphotek(R), Inc. Announce Collaboration to Discover, Develop and Commercialize Antibodies for Oncology and Immunology
3. Morphotek(R), Inc and Lonza Group Ltd Enter Into Manufacturing Services Agreement
4. Morphotek(R), Inc. Announces a Research Collaboration Agreement with Synageva BioPharma Corporation to Develop Potential Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Disease
5. Morphotek(R), Inc. and Cancer Innovations, Inc. Announce Evaluation and Option Agreement for Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies
6. GeneNews CSO Dr. CC Liew awarded state honour by the Government of Malaysia
7. Mirus Bio Awarded Grants & Contracts of Over $5 Million
8. ICx Awarded $1.5 M Contract by Department of Homeland Security for Development of Next Generation Bio Aerosol Systems
9. ViPS Awarded Enterprise Systems Development (ESD) Contract By CMS
10. GlaxoSmithKline Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Contract to Pursue Novel Antibacterial Research Program
11. Isis Announces $4.2 Million in Government Contracts Awarded to Its Ibis Subsidiary for Biodefense Applications Development
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... Amgen, will join the faculty of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler ... of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with a focus on the school’s ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... discussions on a range of subjects including policies, debt and ... Poloz. Speaking at a lecture to the Canadian ... to the country,s inflation target, which is set by both ... "In certain areas there needs to be ... why not sit down and address strategy together?" ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Researchers at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona combed medical journal articles ... findings are the subject of a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. ... blood, lung fluid or tissue of mesothelioma patients that can help point doctors to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016   Boston ... of novel compounds designed to target cancer stemness ... has been granted Orphan Drug Designation from the ... treatment of gastric cancer, including gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) ... inhibitor designed to inhibit cancer stemness pathways by ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:3/23/2016)... 2016 Einzigartige ... und Stimmerkennung mit Passwörtern     ... MESG ), ein führender Anbieter digitaler Kommunikationsdienste, ... SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um erstmals dessen Biometrietechnologie einzusetzen. ... Möglichkeit angeboten, im Rahmen mobiler Apps neben ...
(Date:3/22/2016)... and SANDY, Utah , March ... operates the highest sample volume laboratory in ... and UNIConnect, leaders in clinical sequencing informatics and molecular ... of a project to establish the informatics infrastructure for ... NSO has been contracted by the Ontario Ministry ...
(Date:3/18/2016)... LONDON , March 18, 2016 ... Established Suppliers of Biometrics, ICT, Manned & Unmanned Vehicles, Physical ... & security companies in the border security market and ... and Europe has led ... your companies improved success. --> defence & ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):