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Santaris Pharma A/S Forms Strategic Alliance With Shire plc to Develop RNA-Based Medicines for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders
Date:8/24/2009

HOERSHOLM, Denmark, August 24 /PRNewswire/ --

- Santaris Pharma A/S and Shire plc to Engage in a Multi-Year Research Program Utilizing Santaris Pharma's Proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) Drug Platform to Identify and Select Drug Candidates Against Certain Targets for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders

- Santaris Pharma A/S to Receive Significant Upfront Payments, Milestone Payments and Royalties for Providing Access to its LNA Technology, Exclusivity for Three Pre-Defined Targets and Funding for Discovery

- Partnership for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders Further Demonstrates Versatility of the LNA Drug Platform to Develop RNA-Based Medicines for a Range of Disease Areas Including Metabolic Disorders, Cancer, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases

Santaris Pharma A/S, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing RNA-based drugs targeted to disease-related mRNAs and microRNAs, today announced a multi-year worldwide strategic alliance with Shire plc to discover and develop new RNA-based medicines to treat rare genetic disorders.

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The alliance will use Santaris Pharma A/S' proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) Drug Platform to identify and select drug candidates against certain targets. Shire will be responsible for the selection of appropriate drug candidates, as well as further development and commercialization of products arising from the alliance.

Under the terms of the agreement Santaris Pharma A/S will receive initial early stage payments of US$6.5 million covering technology access, exclusivity for three pre-defined targets and initial discovery funding, and an additional early stage payment of US$13.5 million upon successful completio
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