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Sanofi-aventis and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Enter Into a Worldwide Collaboration and Licensing Agreement on MM-121, an Anti-ErbB3 Monoclonal Antibody
Date:10/1/2009

apies and chemotherapy in a number of tumor types.

"We believe that MM-121 has the potential to serve as an important new treatment for multiple forms of cancer," said Robert Mulroy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Merrimack. "We are pleased to partner with sanofi-aventis, a premier, global pharmaceutical company with broad oncology expertise. Together, we hope to work with the international research community to accelerate the development of MM-121 for the benefit of patients."

Merrimack developed MM-121 after identifying the importance of ErbB3 through its Network Biology approach, a fully integrated drug discovery and development technique that combines biology, engineering, and computational modeling to better understand the underlying complexity of disease pathways. The information derived from Network Biology informs the strategic decisions guiding early pharmaceutical discovery as well as helping to advance candidates through pre-clinical, clinical development and towards commercialization.

The effectiveness of the license and collaboration is subject to antitrust clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino

Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary regulatory approvals.

About Merrimack

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for cancer and autoimmune disease. Its first two oncology pipeline candidates, MM-121 and MM-111 are currently in Phase 1 clinical development. The Company's proprietary Network Biology discovery platform, developed with the help of leading scientists from MIT and Harvard, enables the high-throughput profiling of protein networks as a basis for improved validation, lead identification and speed in the development of innovative, effective and well tolerated therapeutics. MM-121 and MM-111 are investigational drugs
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