NEW YORK, Dec. 13 — Athersys has struck a deal with Pfizer to provide human cell lines that express protein drug targets, the company said Thursday. By the terms of the deal, Athersys will receive licensing fees for each validated line it delivers, milestone payments on candidate therapeutics, and royalties on any products developed.

The Pfizer deal is the fourth collaboration that Athersys has arranged for its RAGE platform, a gene expression system that produces proteins from human genes without cloning or cDNA libraries.

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