MacroGenics, a US clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, as well as various autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases, announced that it had entered into a research collaboration and license agreement with F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. and Hoffmann-La Roche to jointly discover and develop novel bispecific molecules to undisclosed targets.
During the research term, both companies will leverage their respective platforms, including MacroGenics’ DART® platform and Roche’s CrossMAb and DutaFab technologies to select a bispecific format and lead product candidate. Roche would then further develop and commercialize any such product candidate.
“MacroGenics and Roche are both leaders in the field of bispecifics and have each advanced numerous molecules into clinical testing. By combining our two companies’ respective scientific talent, technology platforms and experience, we hope to generate a compelling product candidate to address unmet patient needs,” said Scott Koenig, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MacroGenics.
Under the terms of the agreement, Roche will pay MacroGenics an upfront payment of $10 million. MacroGenics will also be eligible to receive up to $370 million in potential milestone payments and royalties on future sales. Further details about the transaction are not disclosed.
MacroGenics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, as well as autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. The company generates its pipeline of product candidates primarily from its proprietary suite of next-generation antibody-based technology platforms. The combination of MacroGenics’ technology platforms and protein engineering expertise has allowed the Company to generate promising product candidates and enter into several strategic collaborations with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.