Ipsen, a global biopharmaceutical group, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced a global licensing and joint development agreement for a pre-clinical oncology drug candidate discovered by researchers in MD Anderson’s Institute for Applied Cancer Science (IACS).
MD Anderson will progress the drug candidate through Phase I clinical development with Ipsen being responsible for further global development and commercialization.
Alexandre Lebeaut, M.D., Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer, Ipsen, commented,“We are very pleased to partner with the IACS at the MD Anderson Cancer Center whose reputation in scientific excellence and clinical care in Oncology is outstanding. Through this collaboration, we aim to synergize IACS’ scientific expertise with Ipsen’s drug development capabilities to deliver innovative therapies more rapidly to patients in need, and advance patient care in Oncology”
MD Anderson and Ipsen also will collaborate to conduct additional pre-clinical studies to further explore the potential of the drug candidate’s mode-of-action and expanded indications. The detailed financial terms of the agreement, including development and commercial milestones and royalties, have not been disclosed.
“We believe this partnership has the potential to deliver a new therapeutic option to our patients,” said Stephen Hahn, M.D., chief medical executive at MD Anderson. “This focus on accelerating the development of efficient treatments is vital to our mission of ending cancer and to providing the very best care we can to those who need it most.”
Ipsen (ipsen.com) is a global biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and specialty care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neurosciences and Rare Diseases. Its commitment to oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies for prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic cancer. Ipsen also has a well-established Consumer Healthcare business. With total sales over €1.9 billion in 2017, Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in over 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (ParisSaclay, France; Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). The Group has about 5,400 employees worldwide.
About MD Anderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution's sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No.1 for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey. It has ranked as one of the nation's top two hospitals for cancer care since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first 13 times in the last 16 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).
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