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Vertex and Arbor Biotechnologies Establish Collaboration to Discover Novel Proteins to Advance Discovery of Gene-Editing Therapies
-Multi-year research collaboration funded by Vertex using Arbor’s proprietary research platform to enhance efforts in developing gene-editing therapies in five diseases-
-Arbor to receive up-front cash payment and convertible note investment, research funding, and potential for additional milestones and royalty payments-
“Our strategy of developing transformative medicines for serious
diseases is based on addressing causal human biology with innovative
“Vertex has a proven track record in discovering and developing
innovative medicines and is an ideal partner for Arbor,” said
About the Collaboration
Under the terms of the collaboration, scientists from Vertex and Arbor will work closely together to discover novel proteins and tools that Vertex may use in the development of new medicines. The focus of the collaboration is to discover novel programmable DNA endonucleases or nickases with high fidelity and catalytic activity as well as novel transduction approaches. Discovery activities will be conducted primarily by Arbor and funded by Vertex.
Vertex will provide Arbor with an up-front cash commitment, fund research activities, and will pay research, development, regulatory, and commercial milestones, as well as royalties on future net sales.
Vertex will also make an investment in Arbor in the form of a convertible note and obtain an observer seat on the Arbor Board of Directors.
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases.
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Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, Dr. Altshuler’s statements in the second paragraph of the press release, Dr. Walt’s statements in the third paragraph of the press release, and statements regarding future activities of the parties pursuant to the collaboration. While Vertex believes the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are accurate, these forward-looking statements represent Vertex's beliefs only as of the date of this press release and there are a number of factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, Vertex may not realize the anticipated benefits of the collaboration, and the other risks listed under Risk Factors in Vertex's annual report and quarterly reports filed with the
About Arbor Biotechnologies
Arbor Biotechnologies is an early-stage company pushing the boundaries of biodiscovery. Based in
For more information, visit www.arbor.bio.
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