Exelixis, Inc. has extended and expanded its oncology research collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company under which the two companies will continue to identify and validate molecular targets implicated in cancer.
The original agreement was established for a three-year term in July 2001.
Subject to the terms of their amended agreement, Exelixis and Bristol-Myers Squibb have agreed to extend their collaboration until December 2006, and Bristol-Myers Squibb has the right to continue the collaboration until July 2009.
The goal of the extension is to increase the total number and degree of validation of cancer targets that Exelixis will deliver to Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Exelixis and Bristol-Myers Squibb will each maintain the option to obtain exclusive worldwide rights to equal numbers of validated targets arising from the collaboration.
James B.D. Palmer, FRCP, Chief Scientific Officer and President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, said, “We are pleased to extend the agreement between Bristol-Myers Squibb and Exelixis, which is a significant component of our company’s discovery efforts to identify and validate novel cancer targets. The alliance embodies our efforts to fully leverage novel approaches to treating cancer, and ultimately extending and enhancing the lives of patients.”
George A. Scangos, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Exelixis, commented, “Our cancer collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb has been extremely productive, cooperative and successful due to the combined efforts of our respective research organizations and the strong support from our colleagues in the Bristol-Myers Squibb management group. We believe that our collaboration exemplifies how pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies can work together successfully to exploit novel insights into cancer, share equally in the fruits of their collaboration and advance potentially new therapeutic approaches toward the clinic. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to build on our collaboration’s successes and to work with Bristol-Myers Squibb on this important endeavor.”
Under the terms of the extended collaboration, Bristol-Myers Squibb will provide Exelixis with an upfront payment, increased annual research funding, and milestones on certain cancer targets arising from the collaboration that progress through specified stages of validation.
Exelixis will also be entitled to receive milestones on compounds in the event of successful clinical and regulatory events and royalties on commercialized products.Exelixis, Inc. is a genomics-based drug discovery company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics.
The company is leveraging its fully integrated gene-to-drug platform to fuel the growth of its proprietary drug pipeline.
Exelixis has established broad corporate alliances with major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including SmithKlineBeecham Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company