Hamburg, Germany - 9 May 2011: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX) today announced that its research alliance with Boehringer Ingelheim has achieved a twelfth milestone triggering a payment of EUR 2.0 million to Evotec. The milestone reached was on the transition of an oncology programme into lead optimisation.
Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec commented: "This is the twelfth milestone achieved as part of this alliance with Boehringer Ingelheim and the third against an oncology target. We are now in our eighth year of this collaboration and this milestone again validates the strength of the joint Evotec -Boehringer research groups as they drive new drug candidates to the clinic".
About the Evotec & Boehringer Ingelheim alliance
In 2004, Evotec entered into a multi-year, multi-target drug discovery alliance with Boehringer Ingelheim to jointly identify and develop preclinical development candidates for the treatment of various disease areas including CNS, inflammation, cardiometabolic and respiratory diseases. In 2009, the collaboration was extended for an additional four years and the scope expanded to include oncology targets. Under the terms of the agreement, Boehringer Ingelheim has full ownership and global responsibility for clinical development, manufacturing and commercialisation of the compounds identified. In return, Evotec receives ongoing research payments and preclinical milestones. Furthermore, the contract provides substantial long-term upside for Evotec through potential payments for successful milestone achievements during clinical development and royalties when new drugs reach the market.
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