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German biotech MorphoSys said last week that it has signed an agreement with the University of Melbourne to jointly investigate new therapeutic applications for MOR103, MorphoSys' HuCAL antibody currently in development for treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Under the terms of the agreement, MorphoSys will fund research activities at the University of Melbourne in multiple new indications. The university will receive an undisclosed upfront payment and will be entitled to research funding and clinical milestone and royalty payments, MorphoSys said.

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