Genmab A/S (Nasdaq: GMAB) announced today that it has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with Tempus, a privately-owned technology company advancing precision medicine through the practical application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The multi-year collaboration will combine Tempus’ sequencing capabilities and industry-leading platform of integrated clinical and molecular data with Genmab’s state-of-the-art translational, biomarker and target discovery expertise. The companies will work together, based upon novel insights identified by Genmab, to advance new disease targets and biomarkers that may have the potential to generate new treatments in oncology.
This new strategic collaboration builds upon existing service agreements between the companies. Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, the companies will jointly work on research projects that are identified by Genmab to explore novel product concepts and biomarkers. For any resulting products, Genmab will lead all development and commercial activities. Tempus will be eligible for undisclosed milestones and royalties from Genmab and will also have the option to fund part of product development programs in exchange for increased royalty payments due to Tempus under the agreement.
“Tempus has built the world’s largest library of clinical and molecular data, is a leader in the field of personalized medicine and like Genmab, Tempus has a mission to improve the lives of cancer patients. We are looking forward to expanding our exciting partnership with them and to the possibility of discovering important new oncology targets and biomarkers,” said Jan van de Winkel, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Genmab.
Today’s news does not impact Genmab’s 2019 Financial Guidance.
Genmab is a publicly traded, international biotechnology company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Founded in 1999, the company has two approved antibodies, DARZALEX® (daratumumab) for the treatment of certain multiple myeloma indications, and Arzerra® (ofatumumab) for the treatment of certain chronic lymphocytic leukemia indications. Daratumumab is in clinical development for additional multiple myeloma indications, other blood cancers and amyloidosis. A subcutaneous formulation of ofatumumab is in development for relapsing multiple sclerosis. Genmab also has a broad clinical and pre-clinical product pipeline. Genmab’s technology base consists of validated and proprietary next generation antibody technologies – the DuoBody® platform for generation of bispecific antibodies, the HexaBody® platform, which creates effector function enhanced antibodies, the HexElect® platform, which combines two co-dependently acting HexaBody molecules to introduce selectivity while maximizing therapeutic potency and the DuoHexaBody® platform, which enhances the potential potency of bispecific antibodies through hexamerization. The company intends to leverage these technologies to create opportunities for full or co-ownership of future products. Genmab has alliances with top tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Genmab is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark with core sites in Utrecht, the Netherlands and Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.