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Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology. As part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly develop a programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor currently in Phase 1 testing, and plan to initiate clinical trials in 2016 with new therapeutic candidates based on ongoing, innovative preclinical programs.
"The field of immuno-oncology has shown the potential to dramatically improve outcomes for patients with certain types of cancer - however, the field is still in its very early days," said George D. Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron and President, Regeneron Laboratories. "We believe the approaches most likely to deliver the best results to patients will combine multiple innovative therapies acting on different pathways and targets both in the tumor and the body's immune response - and precisely target these medicines to the right patient. The efficiency and power of our suite of technologies, such as VelocImmune® and VelociGene®, combined with our human genetics capabilities, uniquely positions the Alliance to accelerate the development of potential new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients."
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