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Life Technologies Enters into an Exclusive License and Supply Agreement for Dynabeads
Date:7/31/2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced that the company has signed a long-term supply and exclusive licensing agreement  with Novartis for immunotherapeutics involving T cells modified to express chimeric antigen receptors for the treatment of cancer. Life Technologies will provide the company's proprietary technology, Dynabeads® CD3/CD28 CTS™, which possess unique biological properties suited to production of active, therapeutically relevant immune system cells.

The agreement includes rights to use Life Technologies' intellectual property to perform the resulting therapy, and is exclusive for use in the field of chimeric antigen receptors for the treatment of cancer.

"The collaboration with Novartis highlights the distinct capabilities that Life Technologies can provide in the therapeutic realm," said Greg Lucier, chairman and chief executive officer of Life Technologies. "Taken with our previous announcements of companion diagnostic collaborations, the current agreement demonstrates how Life is uniquely positioned to facilitate drug development through alliances with pharma."

Chimeric antigen receptor T cell based immunotherapy constitutes a novel, individualized method of combating cancers. Novartis is working to commercialize technology developed at the University of Pennsylvania that has demonstrated startling efficacy in research studies. In two 2011 publications1,2, University of Pennsylvania researchers described application of immunotherapy in three patients, all of whom experienced durable complete or partial remission of their cancers within three to four weeks of treatment. A 2013 publication in the New England Journal of Medicine described comp
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