Immatics Enters into a Strategic Partnership with Genmab to Develop Next Generation Bispecific Cancer Immunotherapies
Immatics and Genmab to Combine Proprietary Technologies to Create Transformative Bispecific Therapies against Novel, Proprietary Tumor Targets
Immatics to Receive $54 Million Upfront, Milestone Payments Plus Royalties and an Option to Co-Promote the Partnership Products
Tuebingen, Germany, July 12th, 2018 – Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company active in the discovery and development of T-cell redirecting cancer immunotherapies, announced today that it has entered into a research collaboration and license agreement with Genmab A/S (Nasdaq Copenhagen: GEN) to develop next-generation, T-cell engaging bispecific immunotherapies targeting multiple cancer indications.
The companies will conduct joint research, funded by Genmab, to combine Immatics’ XPRESIDENT® and Bispecific TCR technology platforms with Genmab’s proprietary antibody technologies to develop multiple bispecific immunotherapies in oncology. The companies will exclusively discover and develop immunotherapies directed against three proprietary targets, which were discovered and developed by Immatics’ XPRESIDENT® technology. Genmab has the option to exclusively license up to two additional targets to expand the partnership at predetermined economics.
Genmab will be responsible for development, manufacturing and worldwide commercialization. Immatics will have an option to contribute certain promotion efforts at predetermined levels in selected countries in the EU.
Under the terms of the agreement, Immatics will receive an upfront fee of $54 million and is eligible to receive up to $550 million in development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments for each product and tiered royalties up to a double-digit percentage of net sales.
Carsten Reinhardt, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer and Managing Director of Immatics, commented: “We are very pleased to join forces with one of the world-leading biotechnology companies to develop and advance novel and highly active cancer therapeutics. This collaboration underpins Immatics’ leadership in intracellular tumor target identification and T-cell receptor engineering.” Dr. Reinhardt further said: “Our bispecific TCR technology exhibits exceptional potency and favourable pharmacokinetic properties by combining Immatics’ proprietary T-cell engaging format with our high-affinity and highly specific T-cell receptors as reported at AACR 20181.”
“This collaboration with Immatics gives us the opportunity to combine our unique technologies and expertise to create differentiated novel next-generation therapies. We very much look forward to this exciting partnership in the field of cancer immunotherapy,” said Jan van de Winkel, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Genmab.
1 Bunk S, et al. Development of highly potent T-cell receptor bispecifics with picomolar activity against tumor-specific HLA ligands [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2018 Apr 14–18; Chicago, IL. Abstract nr 2789.
Genmab is a publicly traded, international biotechnology company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Founded in 1999, the company has two approved antibodies, DARZALEX® (daratumumab) for the treatment of certain multiple myeloma indications, and Arzerra® (ofatumumab) for the treatment of certain chronic lymphocytic leukemia indications. Daratumumab is in clinical development for additional multiple myeloma indications and other blood cancers. A subcutaneous formulation of ofatumumab is in development for relapsing multiple sclerosis. Genmab also has a broad clinical and pre-clinical product pipeline. Genmab's technology base consists of validated and proprietary next generation antibody technologies - the DuoBody® platform for generation of bispecific antibodies, and the HexaBody® platform which creates effector function enhanced antibodies. The company intends to leverage these technologies to create opportunities for full or co-ownership of future products. Genmab has alliances with top tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information visit www.genmab.com.
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