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Morphotek®, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Tumor Targeting Assets From Transmolecular, Inc.
Date:4/4/2011

EXTON, Pa., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Morphotek®, Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Inc., announced today that it has acquired certain assets relating to a proprietary tumor targeting platform from TransMolecular, Inc. (TMI) for an undisclosed upfront payment and future development milestones. TMI, a biotechnology company headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, developed the tumor-targeting peptide (TTP) platform capable of delivering conjugated radionucleotides, chemotoxins, nanoparticles and optical dyes to tumor cells via systemic administration. The TTP technology has been validated in multiple preclinical studies and clinical trials that have demonstrated tumor-specific delivery of conjugated TTP.  

"While we are enthusiastic about the current technologies being utilized throughout our Eisai Product Creation Systems (EPCS) network to support our near-term pipeline goals," said Mr. Hideki Hayashi, Chief Product Creation Officer of Eisai Co., Ltd., "Our strategy is to continue to pursue access to new cutting-edge technologies that will enable us to further support our current and future pipeline objectives as we strive to develop highly innovative medicines to address the needs of patients with serious illnesses. The acquisition of the TMI tumor targeting platform is yet another step in our evolution to become a leader in developing disease-specific compounds that can target disease cells and/or treat the underlying cause of a targeted disease."

TMI's TTP was originally isolated from scorpion venom. The peptide was identified and pursued experimentally based on its ability to specifically bind and suppress growth of activated epithelial cells. Subsequent studies have found the peptide and engineered variants can bind be internalized by malignant cells via the annexin A2 complex.

"The acquisition of these TMI assets by Morphotek is an excellent outcome for TMI's investors, who will directly receive proceeds and potential future miles
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