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OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Awarded Five Therapeutic Discovery Project Grants Totaling $1.2 Million
Date:11/2/2010

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company developing novel therapeutics that target cancer stem cells, announced today that it has been awarded $1.2 million to support five distinct therapeutic programs under the U.S. Government's Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project ("QTDP") program.  All of the grant applications submitted by the company received an award.  The funds will be used to continue development of each of five promising therapeutic programs.

"The QTDP program provides our industry with needed capital to maintain the U.S.'s lead in biomedical innovation, support the development of breakthrough medical discoveries, sustain industry growth, and improve the time and speed of the FDA and CMS in getting life-saving medicines to people.  This will in turn enhance the willingness of private and public investors to fund these projects and companies, thus creating jobs and better quality healthcare for all Americans," said Paul Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals.  "We are pleased to see OncoMed recognized by the award of these QTDP Program grants, which value the scope of our research and emerging pipeline of anti-cancer stem cell therapeutics programs.  We look forward to applying these funds to development candidates arising from our insights into multiple cancer stem cell pathways and cancer biology."

The Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program was created by Congress as a temporary tool to support innovation and job creation by biotech companies.  Under the QTDP program, a total of $1 billion in grants or tax credits was made available to companies with 250 employees or fewer.  Grants may cover up to 50 percent of the costs of qualifying biomedical research and only one credit may be awarded per therapeutic product.  To be eligible for the program, projects must show reasonable potential to do the follow
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