MorphoSys Strengthens Patent Position on MOR202 Program

Monday, 23. January 2012 07:30
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MorphoSys Strengthens Patent Position on MOR202 Program
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MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) announced today that the
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent covering the
Company's cancer compound MOR202. The new patent (US 8,088,896) covers
MorphoSys's HuCAL antibody against CD38 as well as pharmaceutical compositions
comprising the same, and has a scheduled expiry date in 2028, not including any
potential regulatory extensions.

"In 2011, MOR202 became our third proprietary antibody program in clinical
trials, following MOR103 in rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis and
MOR208 in chronic lymphocytic leukemia," commented Dr. Marlies Sproll, Chief
Scientific Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Strengthening our intellectual property
position on our proprietary products, particularly in our most important markets
Europe, the USA and Asia, is of high priority for MorphoSys."

MOR202 is a fully human HuCAL antibody directed against CD38, a therapeutic
target for the treatment of multiple myeloma and certain forms of leukemia.  The
HuCAL-derived, fully human antibody is currently being tested in a phase 1/2a
trial* in patients with relapsed/refractory myeloma.

Currently, MorphoSys is prosecuting more than 40 different proprietary patent
families world-wide, in addition to those being pursued in cooperation with its

*Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of
Munich's leading edge cluster m4 - Personalized medicine and targeted therapies

About MorphoSys:
MorphoSys developed HuCAL, the most successful antibody library technology in
the pharmaceutical industry. By successfully applying this and other patented
technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic
antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human healthcare. The
company's AbD Serotec unit uses HuCAL and other antibody technologies to
generate superior monoclonal antibodies for research and diagnostic
Together with its pharmaceutical partners, MorphoSys has built a
therapeuticpipeline of more than 70 human antibody drug candidates for the
treatment of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease, to name just
a few. With its ongoing commitment to new antibody technology and drug
development, MorphoSys is focused on making the healthcare products of tomorrow.
MorphoSys is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol MOR. For
regular updates about MorphoSys, visit

HuCAL(®), HuCAL GOLD(®), HuCAL PLATINUM(®), CysDisplay(®), RapMAT(®) and
arYla(®) are registered trademarks of MorphoSys AG. Ylanthia(®) and 100 billion
high potentials(TM) are trademarks of MorphoSys AG.

This communication contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the
MorphoSys group of companies. The forward-looking statements contained herein
represent the judgment of MorphoSys as of the date of this release and involve
risks and uncertainties. Should actual conditions differ from the Company's
assumptions, actual results and actions may differ from those anticipated.
MorphoSys does not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements as
far as the wording of the relevant press release is concerned.

For more information, please contact:

MorphoSys AG
Dr. Claudia Gutjahr-Löser
Head of Corporate Communications & IR
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-122

Mario Brkulj
Senior Manager Corporate Communications & IR
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-454

Jessica Kulpi
Specialist Corporate Communications & IR
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-332

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MorphoSys AG
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