McDermott Advises Innate Pharma in Expanding its Collaboration with AstraZeneca - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Advises Innate Pharma in Expanding its Collaboration with AstraZeneca


PARIS McDermott Will & Emery advised Innate Pharma, a French company operating in the field of oncology, in signing a multi-term agreement with AstraZeneca and MedImmune – its research and development branch of biological molecules. This agreement broadens the existing collaboration, aimed at accelerating the development of an oncology portfolio of each of the parties and to provide patients with more rapid access to new therapeutic options.

This extended collaboration will permit Innate Pharma to develop and commercially strengthen its investment ability to develop its immuno-oncology portfolio (IO) and its R&D platform. For its part, AstraZeneca will enrich its IO portfolio with new clinical and preclinical programs.

Following on from this agreement, Innate Pharma licenses the commercial rights in the United States and in Europe for Lumoxiti, a treatment against Hairy Cell Leukemia developed by AstraZeneca, recently approved by the FDA. AstraZeneca shall obtain all of the oncology rights in the humanized antibody “first-in-class” anti-NKG2A, monalizumab, extending the partnership initially announced in 2015.

Innate Pharma is a French company founded in 1999 and based in Marseille. It is involved in the field of oncology, the medical specialty tied to cancer.

The multidisciplinary McDermott team who acted alongside Innate Pharma included lawyers from the Firm’s Paris, Boston, Washington DC and London offices: partner Emmanuelle Trombe, counsel Anne-France Moreau, Richard Smith and Gary Howes and associate Antonina Nijran in corporate, partner Antoine Vergnat, and Romain Desmonts and Côme de Saint Vincent in tax, partner Jon Dubrow in Antitrust and associate Christine Wahr in Health.

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