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Mar 2, 2009

Pfizer Taps Xencor for Antibody-Optimizing Technology

  • Pfizer will evaluate the application of Xencor’s Xtend™ antibody half-life prolongation technology and XmAb® ADCC enhancing technology in several of its discovery projects. In addition, Pfizer has taken a commercial license to Xencor’s technology for one program.

    Xencor will receive an up-front payment and is eligible to considerations based on the successful commercialization of products that incorporate the Xencor technology.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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