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Receptos Achieves Milestone Under License of G-Protein Coupled Receptor Crystal Structure Determination Technology
Date:1/10/2012

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Receptos Inc. today announced the successful achievement of the technology transfer milestone under its license and technology transfer deal with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), for Receptos' breakthrough GPCR crystal structure determination technology.

The relationship between Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Receptos, established in December 2010, enabled Janssen with the Receptos proprietary technology to enhance its rational drug design for GPCR therapeutic targets. The process of technology transfer to Janssen Pharmaceuticals was completed as anticipated within 12 months. Financial details of the milestone achievement were not disclosed.

"We are pleased with the successful technology transfer and are positioned to repeat this success with additional strategic partners who are interested in furthering their efforts in GPCR drug candidate discovery," said Faheem Hasnain, president and chief executive officer of Receptos. "These partnerships have provided Receptos with significant value in the form of non-dilutive capital, which we plan to use in the continued development of our pipeline of therapeutic candidates."

About the GPCR Class of Targets

GPCRs are a class of cell surface receptors conjugated with a G-protein, the signaling pathway of which is initiated by binding between the receptor and a hormone or bioactive molecule. GPCR targeted therapeutics comprise major drug classes in many disease areas, including CNS, metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal.

About GPCR Protein Crystal Structure Determination Technology

GPCR receptors are the largest single drug discovery protein family, yet many high-value targets have been intractable to traditional drug discovery techniques. Receptos offers a paradigm-shifting technology that enables, for the first time, structure-based drug design
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