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Galenea and Otsuka Announce Second Extension to Schizophrenia Research Collaboration
Date:12/1/2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and TOKYO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Galenea Corp. and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced today the further extension of their research and development collaboration through 2011. This latest extension increases the collaboration term to seven years and brings the total committed funding to approximately $90 million. The companies have been working together since January 2005 with the goal of discovering and developing first-in-class therapies for schizophrenia and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases based on the calcineurin pathway. The agreement was previously extended for one year in October 2008.

Mark Benjamin, D.Sc., Chief Executive Officer of Galenea, said, "We are thrilled with the continued endorsement of Otsuka and delighted to receive this second extension to our collaboration. Our scientists continue to make progress and, with this additional support from Otsuka, we expect to deliver breakthrough therapies for schizophrenia."

"We are very enthusiastic about extending our collaboration with Galenea. We have seen substantial progress toward our goal of identifying clinical development candidates with new mechanisms of action for the treatment of schizophrenia," commented Taro Iwamoto, Ph.D., President and Representative Director of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. "Through this collaboration with Galenea, we hope to enhance our research in the CNS field by taking advantage of their unconventional point of view and scientific approach. Our goal for this collaboration is the contribution of new therapies to patients in need. These innovative new therapies will add to our CNS portfolio which includes our antipsychotic agent and other compounds in earlier phases of development," added Dr. Iwamoto.

Professor Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D., 1987 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Director of the RIKEN Institute, and Galenea co-fo
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