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GPC Expands Collaboration with Altana to Include Interaction Technology

NEW YORK, June 13 - GPC Biotech has expanded its collaboration with Altana Pharma to include its LeadCode yeast three-hybrid technology for studying protein-drug interactions, the company said yesterday.


Under the agreement, Munich-based GPC will receive payments for the license, transfer, and implementation of LeadCode at the Altana Research Institute in Waltham, Mass. GPC can also obtain royalties and more than $15 million in milestone payments for products that result from the collaboration with Constance, Germany-based Altana Pharma. GPC will use LeadCode to evaluate proprietary compounds provided by Altana Pharma as well as compounds from the public domain.


Altana Pharma and GPC Biotech started their five-and-a-half-year collaboration to establish the Altana Research Institute in November 2001. The companies have two other ongoing multi-year alliances, in cellular genomics and oncology.

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