AbbVie obtains an exclusive license for novel antibody from Dutch biotech

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argenx, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer, announced the exercise by AbbVie of its exclusive license option to develop and commercialize ARGX-115, an antibody targeting the novel immuno-oncology target glycoprotein A repetitions predominant (GARP).

argenx and AbbVie entered into an option and license agreement for ARGX-115 in April 2016. With the option exercise announced, AbbVie obtains a worldwide, exclusive license to develop and commercialize ARGX-115-based products. argenx is now eligible to potentially receive development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments of up to $625 million, as well as tiered royalties on ARGX-115-based product sales, if approved. argenx also has the right to co-promote ARGX-115-based products in the EU and Swiss Economic Area.

AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories.

argenx is a Dutch clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer.

The company is focused on developing product candidates with the potential to be either first-in-class against novel targets or best-in-class against known, but complex, targets in order to treat diseases with a significant unmet medical need. argenx’s ability to execute on this focus is enabled by its suite of differentiated antibody technologies. The SIMPLE Antibody™ Platform, based on the powerful llama immune system, allows argenx to exploit novel and complex targets, and its three complementary Fc engineering technologies are designed to expand the therapeutic index of its product candidates.

ARGX-115 was discovered under argenx’s Innovative Access Program (IAP) in 2013. Through the IAP, argenx collaborates closely with academic centers of excellence and emerging biotechnology companies, bringing cutting-edge antibody discovery technologies to the heart of novel target research. The extraordinary diversity of the immune repertoires comprising its SIMPLE Antibody™ Platform streamlines target validation, transforming novel protein discoveries into next generation therapeutic antibody programs.

SOURCE: argenx
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