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EMD Serono and Theratechnologies Announce Collaboration and Licensing Agreement for Tesamorelin in the United States
Date:10/29/2008


-- EMD Serono to acquire US rights in tesamorelin, a Phase III compound

being investigated for the treatment of excess abdominal fat in HIV

patients with lipodystrophy

-- Theratechnologies to receive up to US$215 million plus increasing

-- royalties on net sales in the US

-- Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, of which EMD Serono is an affiliate, to

make equity investment in Theratechnologies

-- EMD Serono acquires option to participate in future tesamorelin

-- indications in the US

-- EMD Serono contributes extensive commercialization and marketing

knowledge for tesamorelin launch and will assist in tesamorelin FDA

approval process

-- EMD Serono delivers on business development strategy in the US

-- marketplace

ROCKLAND, Mass., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- EMD Serono Inc., an affiliate of Merck KGaA , Darmstadt Germany, and Theratechnologies (TSX:TH) announced today they have entered into a collaboration and licensing agreement for the exclusive commercialization rights, by EMD Serono, Inc., to tesamorelin in the United States for the treatment of excess abdominal fat in HIV patients with lipodystrophy. Theratechnologies retains all tesamorelin commercialization rights outside of the US.

"We are excited about this collaboration and believe that EMD Serono's scientific expertise, established physician relationships and highly trained specialty sales force coupled with Theratechnologies' regulatory experience and understanding of HIV-associated disorders will ultimately benefit patients. Together, I am confident that our teams can maximize the potential of tesamorelin in the marketplace and we are looking forward to the opportunities for tesamorelin in the US once approved," said Mr. Fereydoun Firouz, President and CEO of EMD Serono, Inc. "This partnership reinforces our commitment to our endocrinology franchise in the US and specifically to
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