MicroRNA-based Molecular Diagnostics to Mark Prometheus' Entry into Oncology Market; Rosetta to Receive Milestones and Research and Development Funding plus Future Royalties
SAN DIEGO, PHILADELPHIA and REHOVOT, Israel, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, and Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (Nasdaq: ROSG), an innovative molecular diagnostic company, today announced the execution of a license and collaboration agreement under which Rosetta shall grant Prometheus U.S. rights to three recently introduced, microRNA-based cancer diagnostic tests: miRview(TM) mets, miRview(TM) squamous and miRview(TM) meso.
The terms of the license agreement provide for payments to Rosetta, either as milestones or research and development funding, as well as royalty payments on net sales in the U.S. Under the terms of a separate stock purchase agreement, Prometheus will also make an equity investment in Rosetta of $8 million at $4.00 per ordinary share, representing an approximate 41% premium over the closing price of Rosetta stock over three business days. The license and collaboration agreement and the stock purchase agreement are expected to close before the end of April 2009 and are subject to customary closing conditions.
In addition, Prometheus and Rosetta have agreed to collaborate to develop two new microRNA-based gastroenterology tests, which may result in additional, success-based milestones and royalty payments to Rosetta. Funding for development of these gastroenterology tests will be provided by Prometheus.
"Prometheus has established its position as a leader in the gastroenterology market by building an integrated portfolio of diagnostic and pharmaceutical products as well as a highly trained and efficient sales force," said Joseph M. Limber, Presi
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