Germany-based MorphoSys AG announced today that its partner Heptares Therapeutics, has initiated a therapeutic antibody program arising from the alliance the companies entered into in February 2013. Heptares will use MorphoSys’s antibody library to generate a new candidate targeting a GPCR, one of the largest class of pharmaceutical target currently on the market.
In February 2013, MorphoSys and Heptares Therapeutics announced an agreement to discover novel antibody therapeutics targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Under the terms of the agreement, Heptares generates stabilized receptors (StaR) for a set of GPCR disease targets proposed by MorphoSys. MorphoSys then utilizes its proprietary Ylanthia library for the generation and further development of specific and functionally active anti-GPCR antibodies. The agreement also includes the option, now exercised by Heptares, to develop and commercialize a therapeutic antibody created by MorphoSys against a GPCR target selected by Heptares.
GPCRs are membrane proteins involved in a broad range of biological processes and diseases, including inflammatory disease, neuroscience indications, metabolic diseases and cancer. They comprise the single largest class of targets for pharmaceuticals currently on the market.