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Enzon, Micromet End Antibody Drug R&D Partnership

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (GenomeWeb News) - Enzon Pharmaceuticals and Micromet will end their collaboration to identify and develop antibody-based therapeutics for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, the companies said today.

 

The decision was made after Enzon decided to redirect its efforts onto new business objectives, including a greater focus on cancer, the companies said. Enzon and Micromet had been collaborating since April 2002.

 

The companies said that the termination of their collaboration does not affect their other agreements, including a cross-license agreement between the parties and a marketing agreement under which Micromet is the exclusive marketer of the companies' combined intellectual property estate in the field of single-chain antibody technology.

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