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Raptor Pharmaceuticals to Collaborate with Roche on Therapeutic Delivery Across Blood-Brain Barrier
Date:6/9/2009

Roche to fund evaluation of Raptor's proprietary NeuroTrans(TM) technology

NOVATO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp. ("Raptor" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: RPTP), today announced that it has entered a collaboration and licensing agreement with Roche (SWX: ROG.VX; RO.S, OTCQX: RHHBY) to evaluate therapeutic delivery across the blood-brain barrier, ("BBB") starting with Raptor's proprietary NeuroTrans(TM) BBB transporter platform. Under terms of the agreement, Roche will fund studies of select molecules attached to Raptor's proprietary NeuroTrans(TM), a derivative of the receptor-associated protein ("RAP"). The agreement provides Roche with an exclusive worldwide license to NeuroTrans(TM) for use in the delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic molecules across the BBB.

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Scientists at Raptor and Roche will actively collaborate on the project. Raptor will receive an initial upfront fee for the collaboration to cover its portion of the initial studies, along with development milestone payments and royalties in exchange for the licensing of NeuroTrans(TM).

Todd C. Zankel, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Raptor, stated, "We are excited to be collaborating with Roche, a world leader in pharmaceutical research. We believe that by combining our knowledge of the work done in the area of BBB transport and the resources of Roche, our collaboration is well positioned to make significant progress in a critical and challenging area in medical research."

Crossing the BBB remains a major obstacle to effectively treating most neurological disorders. While medical research has identified hundreds
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