Beijing, China and Darmstadt, Germany, August 11, 2022 -- Biocytogen Pharmaceuticals (Beijing) Co., Ltd. ("Biocytogen") entered into a global licensing agreement with Merck for the use of Biocytogen’s RenMiceTM platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will have full access to Biocytogen’s RenMiceTM platform to discover and develop fully human antibody therapeutics for an unlimited number of drug targets. Merck will be responsible for all clinical development, manufacturing, and commercialization, and will provide Biocytogen with development and regulatory milestone payments. The official agreement was reached after an initial evaluation period.
Dr. Yuelei Shen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Biocytogen, said, “This agreement provides Merck with one of the most advanced fully human antibody discovery platforms. We are pleased that Merck recognized the potential of our RenMiceTM platform to accelerate antibody development for novel and challenging targets.”
Biocytogen Pharmaceuticals (Beijing) Co., Ltd. is a global biotechnology company that drives the research and development of novel antibody-based therapeutics. The company has streamlined the drug development process through the use of RenMiceTM for fully human antibody discovery, in vivo drug efficacy screening platforms and strong clinical development expertise. Biocytogen’s RenMiceTM HiTS Platform aims to develop novel antibody drugs with first-in-class and/or best-in-class potential for more than 1000 targets, and has resulted in collaborations with dozens of partners worldwide. The company's pipeline includes 12 core products; two products are in phase II MRCTs and two products are in phase I. Headquartered in Beijing, Biocytogen has branches in Haimen Jiangsu, Shanghai, Boston, USA and Heidelberg, Germany. For more information, visit www.biocytogen.com.
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