MorphoSys Announces Clinical Milestone from Strategic Alliance

Thursday, 01. July 2010 07:31
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Second Clinical Milestone in 2010


MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) announced today that it
will receive a milestone payment from Novartis in connection with the initiation
of a phase 1 clinical trial, using a HuCAL-derived, fully human antibody in the
therapeutic area of musculoskeletal diseases. Today's news represents the second
HuCAL-derived antibody to achieve this stage during the course of 2010,
following a clinical milestone hit as part of the alliance with Centocor in June
2010.

"Therapeutic antibodies based on our technologies will be our main value driver
in the years ahead and we expect our pipeline to continue to expand and mature.
At the end of 2010, we expect MorphoSys to be participating in almost 80 unique
product opportunities," commented Dr. Marlies Sproll, Chief Scientific Officer
of MorphoSys AG. "Today's news represents the third antibody to enter clinical
development from our collaboration with Novartis and the second HuCAL-derived
antibody to enter clinical development this year."

MorphoSys projects that in 2010 between four and six partnered programs could
enter clinical trials. With the recently announced in-licensing of an
Fc-engineered antibody against CD19 from Xencor Inc., MorphoSys now expects up
to 15 proprietary and partnered antibody programs to be in clinical trials
including at least four programs in phase 2 clinical trials by year end.




About MorphoSys:
MorphoSys is an independent biotechnology company that develops novel antibodies
for therapeutic, diagnostic and research applications. The Company's HuCAL
technology is one of the most powerful methods available for generating fully
human antibodies. By successfully applying this and other proprietary
technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic
antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human health-care.
Through its alliances with some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies,
MorphoSys has created a pipeline of more than 60 drug candidates. The Company is
expanding its drug pipeline by adding new partnered programs, and by building a
portfolio of fully-owned therapeutic antibodies. For its proprietary portfolio,
the Company is focused on the areas of oncology and inflammation. Its most
advanced program MOR103, a first-in-class, fully human antibody against GM-CSF,
is currently tested in a Phase Ib/IIa trial in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Via its business unit AbD Serotec, MorphoSys is expanding the reach of its
technologies in the diagnostics and research markets. MorphoSys is headquartered
in Munich, Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol
"MOR". For further information, visithttp://www.morphosys.com/



HuCAL(®), HuCAL GOLD(®), HuCAL PLATINUM(®), CysDisplay(®) and RapMAT(®) are
registered 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

investors@morphosys.com


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MorphoSys AG
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