CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epizyme, Inc. (NASDAQ:EPZM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company creating novel epigenetic therapies, today announced it has earned a $10 million milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The milestone payment follows GSK's initiation of GLP toxicology studies for a first-in-class methyltransferase inhibitor discovered by Epizyme and licensed to GSK.

"We are pleased to achieve another milestone under our collaboration with GSK, further validating the strength of our epigenetic approach and drug discovery platform, as well our success in collaborating with industry leaders like GSK," said Susan Graf, Chief Business Officer of Epizyme. "We are encouraged that this investigational medicine continues to advance toward the clinic."

About the Epizyme-GSK CollaborationUnder the terms of its collaboration and license agreement with GSK, Epizyme granted GSK exclusive worldwide license rights to methyltransferase inhibitors directed to three targets. During the research term of the collaboration, which is now complete, Epizyme was primarily responsible for preclinical research, and now GSK is responsible for subsequent research, development and commercialization of the three programs. Using its proprietary drug discovery platform, Epizyme discovered and optimized compounds targeting three methyltransferases. GSK3326595 (formerly EPZ015938), a first-in-class PRMT5 inhibitor, was the first of these to enter the clinic in September 2016. GSK holds worldwide rights to all three programs. Epizyme has earned $69 million in up-front, research, and milestone payments to date, and may receive up to an additional $607 million from GSK if all milestones are met for all three programs. Epizyme is eligible to receive up to double-digit royalties on worldwide net sales of collaboration products.

About Epizyme, Inc. Epizyme, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to rewriting cancer treatment through novel epigenetic medicines. Epizyme is broadly developing its lead product candidate, tazemetostat, a first-in-class EZH2 inhibitor, with studies underway in both solid tumors and hematological malignancies as a monotherapy and combination therapy and in relapsed and front-line disease. Using the Company's proprietary platform, Epizyme has pioneered the identification and development of small molecule inhibitors of chromatin modifying proteins (CMPs), such as tazemetostat. CMPs are part of the system of gene regulation, referred to as epigenetics, that controls gene expression. Genetic alterations can result in changes to the activity of CMPs, which can allow cancer cells to grow and proliferate. By focusing on the genetic drivers of cancers, Epizyme's science seeks to match targeted medicines with the specific patients that need it. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter at @EpizymeRx.

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Contacts:Cheya Pope, Epizyme, Allaire, THRUST (617) 895-9511

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