Morphotek in evaluation agreement with University Hospital Heidelberg

25 January 2009

Morphotek, Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Corporation of North America, has announced the signing of an evaluation agreement with the University Hospital Heidelberg and its Technology Transfer Office, Germany to advance the company's efforts in the discovery and development of therapeutic antibodies in oncology.

The agreement provides for a research grant to the University Hospital/National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) and for use by Morphotek of biological materials to generate and validate therapeutic monoclonal antibodies to oncology targets selected by Morphotek.

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with one of the world’s leading research and clinical centers in oncology,” said Nicholas Nicolaides, PhD, President and CEO of Morphotek.

“This research program offers Morphotek unique clinical materials to generate and validate potential therapeutic antibodies using our MORPHODOMA® technologies and will enable us to advance our goal of discovering and developing novel monoclonal antibody therapeutics. The clinical group at NCT is dedicated to bringing new therapies to treat patients with cancer, and we look forward to collaborating with them to discover new experimental medicines with potential to treat patients with various cancers.”

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