Under the agreement, Opexa will have an option right to co-fund development, under which the Company would participate in economic support for future clinical development of the program in exchange for additional royalty consideration. In addition to retaining all rights outside of MS as well as retaining the ability to commercialize Tcelna (imilecleucel-T) in Japan, Opexa also retains certain manufacturing rights related to the program. Further details of the transaction are included in a Form 8-K that was filed this morning by Opexa with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.“Merck Serono is strongly committed to developing innovative drug candidates like Tcelna (imilecleucel-T), a potential first-in-class personalized cell therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis,” said Susan Herbert, Head of Global Business Development and Strategy at Merck Serono. “This agreement illustrates Merck Serono’s commitment to employ creative ways of accessing external innovation to develop potential next generation multiple sclerosis treatments, especially in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, an area of high unmet need.”
Merck Serono And Opexa Therapeutics Enter Into Option And License Agreement For Development Of Tcelna™ (imilecleucel-T) For Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis
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