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Shire And Sangamo Collaborate To Develop Therapeutics For The Treatment Of Hemophilia And Other Monogenic Diseases

DUBLIN and RICHMOND, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, and Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO), a leader in genome-editing technology, announced today that they have entered into a collaboration and license agreement to develop therapeutics for hemophilia and other monogenic diseases based on Sangamo's zinc finger DNA-binding protein (ZFP) technology. 

Shire will receive exclusive world-wide rights to ZFP Therapeutics® designed to target four genes (for blood clotting Factors VII, VIII, IX and X) which will be used to investigate curative therapies for hemophilia A and B.  Shire also receives the right to designate three additional gene targets.  Sangamo is responsible for all activities through submission of Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications and European Clinical Trial Applications (CTA) for each product and Shire will reimburse Sangamo for its internal and external research program-related costs. Shire is responsible for clinical development and commercialization of products arising from the alliance.  Shire will pay Sangamo $13 million upfront followed by research, regulatory, development and commercial milestone payments, and royalties on product sales.

"Sangamo's ground-breaking ZFP gene-editing technology will enable us to expand our therapeutic pipeline into therapies for other genetic disorders such as hemophilia," said Sylvie Gregoire, president of Shire's Human Genetic Therapies business. "While still early in the clinical development process, this DNA-binding protein technology is aligned with our focus of developing new treatments that can add value for physicians, patients and their families, and the healthcare community overall."

"We are delighted to be partnering the first of our monogenic disease programs with Shire, a company known for its development of innovative medicines for genetic diseases," said Edward Lanphier, Sangamo's president and chief executive officer. "This alliance is further validation of our ZFP platform as a transformative technology for the development of novel therapeutics, which have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of a wide range of genetic diseases."

Sangamo's ZFP Therapeutic approach utilizes its proprietary ZFP nuclease (ZFN) and ZFP transcription factor (ZFP TF) technology. ZFPs can be engineered to recognize any specific DNA sequence within a gene, and may be applicable to certain Shire therapeutic areas, including hematology and lysosomal storage disorders. 

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