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Ablynx N.V.. (6/27/17). "Press Release: Ablynx Achieves Second Milestone in Immuno-oncology Collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA". Ghent.

Organisations Organisation Ablynx N.V. (Euronext Brussels: ABLX, Nasdaq: ABLX)
  Group Ablynx (Group)
  Organisation 2 Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK)
  Group Merck (US) (MSD) (Group)
Products Product Nanobodies®
  Product 2 toxicology
Index terms Index term Merck (US)–Ablynx: Nanobodies, 201402– collab + license ww €20m upfront + €10.7m research funding + €1.7b milestones + royalties cancer immunotherapy
  Index term 2 Merck (US)–Ablynx: Nanobodies, 201210– collab development €8.5m upfront + €448 milestones + tiered royalties Nanobodies against 2 Merck targets
Persons Person Moses, Edwin (Ablynx 200603– CEO before non-exec Board Member 200411– before Oxford Asymmetry)
  Person 2 Pollard, Brett (FTI Consulting 201612 FTI Consulting London)

Ablynx [Euronext Brussels: ABLX; OTC: ABYLY] today announced that Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has started an IND-enabling toxicology study with a bi-specific Nanobody® as part of the immuno-oncology collaboration between the companies. This milestone triggers a €2.5 million payment to Ablynx.

This Nanobody is a bi-specific molecule that selectively binds to two different immune modulators, believed to be key targets for the development of potent immunotherapies. Upon successful completion of the IND package, this bi-specific Nanobody could be the first candidate to enter clinical studies as part of this collaboration.

Dr Edwin Moses, CEO of Ablynx, commented:
“We are very pleased with the progress made in this collaboration. We believe that the combination of Ablynx’s Nanobody expertise with the world-leading position of our partner in the immuno-oncology area has the potential to develop important new medicines for diseases with a high unmet need. We look forward to further milestones as product candidates progress through pre-clinical and clinical development.”

About the immuno-oncology collaboration between Ablynx and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA

In February 2014, Ablynx entered into a research collaboration and licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA. This exclusive collaboration and licensing agreement is focused on the discovery and development of several Nanobody candidates (including mono-, bi- and tri-specifics) directed toward so-called immune checkpoint modulators. In July 2015, Ablynx announced an expansion of this immuno-oncology collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA to address an increased number of immune checkpoint modulator targets. The collaboration now includes up to 17 Nanobody programmes against individual protein targets and target combinations (mono-specific and multi-specific Nanobodies). Ablynx has received €33 million in upfront payments and is eligible to receive research funding plus development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments of up to €340 million per programme, as well as tiered royalties on annual net sales upon commercialisation of any Nanobody products.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA, through a subsidiary, and Ablynx have a separate collaboration in the field of ion channel drug development, announced in October 2012, with a €6.5 million upfront payment, €2 million research funding and up to €448 million in research, regulatory and commercial milestone payments associated with the progress of multiple candidates as well as tiered royalties on any products derived from the collaboration. An initial extension of this ion channel research collaboration was announced in March 2015 and a second extension in October 2016, the latter triggering a €1 million payment to Ablynx and additional research funding to September 2018.

About Ablynx

Ablynx is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of Nanobodies, proprietary therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, which combine the advantages of conventional antibody drugs with some of the features of small-molecule drugs. Ablynx is dedicated to creating new medicines which will make a real difference to society. Today, the Company has more than 45 proprietary and partnered programmes in development in various therapeutic areas including inflammation, haematology, immuno-oncology, oncology and respiratory disease. The Company has collaborations with multiple pharmaceutical companies including AbbVie; Boehringer Ingelheim; Eddingpharm; Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA; Merck KGaA; Novartis; Novo Nordisk and Taisho Pharmaceuticals. The Company is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. More information can be found on

For more information, please contact:

Dr Edwin Moses
t: +32 (0)9 262 00 07
m: +32 (0)473 39 50 68
Lies Vanneste
Director IR
t: +32 (0)9 262 0137
m: +32 (0)498 05 35 79

Ablynx media/analyst relations:
FTI Consulting
Julia Phillips, Brett Pollard, Mo Noonan
t: +44 20 3727 1000


Certain statements, beliefs and opinions in this press release are forward-looking, which reflect the Company or, as appropriate, the Company directors’ current expectations and projections about future events. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions could adversely affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described herein. A multitude of factors including, but not limited to, changes in demand, competition and technology, can cause actual events, performance or results to differ significantly from any anticipated development. Forward looking statements contained in this press release regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. As a result, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release any update or revisions to any forward-looking statements in this press release as a result of any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which these forward-looking statements are based. Neither the Company nor its advisers or representatives nor any of its parent or subsidiary undertakings or any such person’s officers or employees guarantees that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does either accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the actual occurrence of the forecasted developments. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

Record changed: 2017-07-29


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