Ligand Earns $6 Million as OmniAb Partner Out-Licenses Antibody Projects

January 3, 2018 Raises 2017 Guidance SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) announces that its partner HanAll Biopharma successfully out-licensed antibody projects that were discovered by HanAll using Ligand’s OmniAb® antibody discovery platform. The licensing events triggered $6 million of payments to Ligand. HanAll has had access to the OmniAb platform since December 2014 and is developing multiple antibody projects in the immunno-oncology and autoimmune areas using this platform. Under the license agreements with HanAll, Ligand is eligible to receive milestones and royalties on the successful development of antibodies and to share sub-license revenue on outlicensed antibodies. “These…
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Entrepreneur: Out of the lab, and into the market

By Elise Reuter  –  Reporter, Kansas City Business Journal Nov 22, 2017, 10:33am   After Dr. Daniel Aires saw his targeted chemotherapy treat a dog with cancer, he knew he had to find a way to bring the treatment to more patients, including people. Aires, a dermatologist with The University of Kansas Health System and a professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, launched his research spinoff, HylaPharm, in 2010, once he saw the potential for the treatment to help people. “We saw this isn’t just a lab project,” he said. “This is treating wild cancers in pet dogs, saving lives. That’s what we…
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Successful targeted injectable chemotherapy treatment for dogs could lead to human trials

November 14, 2016 By Greg Peters Daniel Aires Daniel Aires, M.D. Cody is an 11-year-old shepherd mix who loves to have his tummy rubbed and his ears scratched. Over the years, Elaine Schindel, a nurse in the radiology department at The University of Kansas Hospital, and her family have grown attached to the golden-haired stray they rescued off the streets. Elaine and Cody share a special bond well beyond the dog being her family’s beloved pet – both are cancer survivors. Coincidentally, each had their cancer knocked out by different combinations of the same cancer-fighting drug – cisplatin. Elaine is…
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How The San Diego Zoo Is Using AI And Drones To Save Polar Bears

With Arctic sea ice disappearing, can advanced sensor technologies provide insights into an ecosystem on the brink? BY MARK WALLACE5 MINUTE READ Few things are more important to polar bears than ice, which provides the Arctic carnivores with food, migration routes, and places to bear their young. But over the last four decades, there has been less and less Arctic sea ice available, and the summer period of ice melt has grown longer, making survival more difficult for animals who currently number only about 25,000 around the world. To track the impact of changes to the Arctic ice, San Diego…
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KCK start-up looking to tap $14B ADHD drug market

AUGUST 18, 2017 10:34 AM Experts on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are converging on Kansas City this weekend to meet with a Kansas native who has returned from the East Coast looking to build a drug company that can tap into a $14 billion market for treating the condition. Shane Schaffer, the CEO of Cingulate Therapeutics, said this weekend’s meeting of the company’s seven-member scientific advisory board will include experts from the United States, Canada and Scotland. “We’re definitely excited to bring these people into Kansas City and most of them have never been here before,” Schaffer said….
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