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OncoMed And Celgene Announce Strategic Collaboration Advancing Multiple Anti-Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics To Offer Potential Benefits To Cancer Patients

Under the terms of the agreement, OncoMed will receive an upfront payment of $155 million, and Celgene will also purchase approximately $22.25 million in a private placement of newly issued shares of OncoMed's common stock at a price of $15.13 per share. 

The collaboration also includes option exercise payments and payments for achievement of development, regulatory and commercial milestones, paid on a per-program basis. For demcizumab, these payments could total up to approximately $790 million, and include an undisclosed payment for achievement of pre-determined safety criteria in Phase II clinical trials. For the anti-DLL4/VEGF bispecific antibody, option exercise, development, regulatory and commercial payments could total up to $505 million. For the other four biologics, each program is eligible for approximately $440 million of option exercise, development, regulatory and commercial payments. OncoMed could also receive more than $100 million in option exercise, development and regulatory approval payments for the small molecule program. Such total payments include milestones for regulatory approvals in multiple indications per program. OncoMed retains worldwide rights to certain targets in multiple pathways that do not become collaboration programs with Celgene.

"Through this major alliance with Celgene, we gain substantial resources that will enable us to continue to discover and develop new therapeutics independently while positioning OncoMed for substantial potential downstream value and profits. Importantly, by retaining co-development and co-commercialization rights to up to five biologic product candidates in our pipeline, we expect to add commercial capabilities to our core research and development competencies as we continue to build a premier oncology biotherapeutics company," said Paul J. Hastings, OncoMed's Chairman and CEO. "Celgene is a preeminent biopharmaceutical innovator with a successful track record of translating unique science into disease-altering therapies that benefit patients, healthcare and society. We can greatly benefit from their expertise and look forward to many years of successful collaboration."

Tom Daniel, President, Global Research & Early Development, of Celgene said, "We are very pleased to enter into this broad based collaboration with OncoMed, one that holds great promise for cancer patients.  Demcizumab's substantial early clinical activity warrants aggressive yet careful evaluation in several indications where we have strength, including non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. The earlier partnerships in the RSPO-LGR and another, undisclosed cancer stem cell pathway provide us complementary and strategically valuable targeting opportunities across both biologic and small molecule modalities in the cancer stem cell arena where OncoMed has provided leadership and great strength."

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