Compugen Discloses Updates to Collaborative Activities with Bayer in Immuno-Oncology
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- Published on Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:29
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Current Agreement to continue based on CGEN-15001T
Parties in discussion with respect to additional Compugen Targets
HOLON, Israel I July 26, 2017 I Compugen Ltd. (NASDAQ: CGEN), a therapeutic discovery company, announced today updates to its collaborative activities in immuno-oncology with Bayer. The agreement with Bayer AG involves the research, development, and commercialization of antibody-based therapeutics against two novel, Compugen-discovered immune checkpoint regulators, CGEN-15001T and CGEN-15022. However, a recently completed joint assessment by Compugen and Bayer of potential drug candidates against the CGEN-15022 target program has suggested that its potential to serve as a key immune checkpoint for the treatment of cancer immunotherapy may be limited and does not justify further investment. Therefore, it has been determined that the current collaboration will focus solely on CGEN-15001T and all rights to CGEN-15022 will be returned to Compugen. As previously announced, the CGEN-15001T program continues to be advanced by Bayer towards human clinical trials.
Bertolt Kreft, PhD, Head of the Therapeutic Research Group Immuno-Oncology, Drug Discovery at the Pharmaceuticals Division of Bayer, stated, "Our collaboration with Compugen is an important component of our Immuno-Oncology pipeline strategy. During the last years, we have established an excellent and highly productive working relationship between our two research groups. We look forward to continuing the development of our CGEN-15001T program and are discussing potential future collaborative projects in the area of immuno-oncology with Compugen."
Anat Cohen-Dayag, PhD, President and CEO of Compugen, stated, "Bayer is an outstanding partner for us, as we transform to become a drug discovery and development company. We highly appreciate Bayer, as our first pharma company partner to collaborate on pipeline assets with us, and for their continuing engagement and trust in our discovery capabilities and their investment in taking our programs forward. Our excellent relationship has generated a fruitful collaboration and we are greatly looking forward to potential future collaborative activities."
Compugen is a leading therapeutic discovery company whose mission is to utilize its broadly applicable predictive discovery infrastructure to discover novel drug targets and develop first-in-class therapeutics. Our current pipeline consists of early and preclinical stage immuno-oncology programs based on novel drug targets discovered internally, primarily immune checkpoint and myeloid protein target candidates. These programs focus on the development of first-in-class cancer immunotherapy drugs with the potential to harness the immune system to provide treatment solutions in areas of unmet medical need in various cancer types and patient populations, both as monotherapy and in combination with other drugs. In addition, our pipeline currently includes a preclinical fusion protein autoimmune product candidate. Compugen's business model is based on selectively entering into collaborations for its novel target candidates and related drug product candidates at various stages of research and development under revenue-sharing agreements. The Company is headquartered in Israel, with R&D facilities in Israel and South San Francisco. At the US facilities, therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are discovered and developed against the Company's novel drug target candidates. For additional information, please visit Compugen's corporate website at http://www.cgen.com.