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OncoMed Licenses MorphoSys HuCal Library to Help Develop Cancer Therapies

NEW YORK, June 7 (GenomeWeb News) - OncoMed Pharmaceuticals has licensed an antibody library from MorphoSys to research and develop therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of several cancers, the companies said today.


According to the terms of the agreement, OncoMed will gain access to MorphoSys' HuCal Gold library for two years in exchange for an up-front payment and annual user fees, the companies said.


The firms did not disclose additional financial details.


OncoMed will use the library to develop therapies against cancer stem cells in breast, lung, colon, prostate, and other cancers, the company said.

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