MorphoSys AG

January 23, 2012 01:43 ET

MorphoSys Strengthens Patent Position on MOR202 Program

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MorphoSys AG / MorphoSys Strengthens Patent Position on MOR202 Program

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MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) announced today that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent covering the Company's cancer compound MOR202. The new patent (US 8,088,896) covers MorphoSys's HuCAL antibody against CD38 as well as pharmaceutical compositions comprising the same, and has a scheduled expiry date in 2028, not including any potential regulatory extensions.

"In 2011, MOR202 became our third proprietary antibody program in clinical trials, following MOR103 in rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis and MOR208 in chronic lymphocytic leukemia," commented Dr. Marlies Sproll, Chief Scientific Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Strengthening our intellectual property position on our proprietary products, particularly in our most important markets Europe, the USA and Asia, is of high priority for MorphoSys."

MOR202 is a fully human HuCAL antibody directed against CD38, a therapeutic target for the treatment of multiple myeloma and certain forms of leukemia. The HuCAL-derived, fully human antibody is currently being tested in a phase 1/2a trial* in patients with relapsed/refractory myeloma.

Currently, MorphoSys is prosecuting more than 40 different proprietary patent families world-wide, in addition to those being pursued in cooperation with its partners.

*Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of Munich's leading edge cluster m4 - Personalized medicine and targeted therapies

About MorphoSys:

MorphoSys developed HuCAL, the most successful antibody library technology in the pharmaceutical industry. By successfully applying this and other patented technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human healthcare. The company's AbD Serotec unit uses HuCAL and other antibody technologies to generate superior monoclonal antibodies for research and diagnostic applications. Together with its pharmaceutical partners, MorphoSys has built a therapeuticpipeline of more than 70 human antibody drug candidates for the treatment of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease, to name just a few. With its ongoing commitment to new antibody technology and drug development, MorphoSys is focused on making the healthcare products of tomorrow. MorphoSys is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol MOR. For regular updates about MorphoSys, visit

HuCAL®, HuCAL GOLD®, HuCAL PLATINUM®, CysDisplay®, RapMAT® and arYla® are registered trademarks of MorphoSys AG. Ylanthia® and 100 billion high potentials™ are trademarks of MorphoSys AG.

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    MorphoSys AG
    Dr. Claudia Gutjahr-Loser
    Head of Corporate Communications & IR
    Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-122

    Mario Brkulj
    Senior Manager Corporate Communications & IR
    Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-454

    Jessica Kulpi
    Specialist Corporate Communications & IR
    Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-332

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