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Elan and Transition Therapeutics collaborate to develop and commercialize Alzheimer drug
[October 19, 2006]

Elan and Transition Therapeutics collaborate to develop and commercialize Alzheimer drug

(Science Letter Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Elan Corporation, plc (Elan) (ELN) and Transition Therapeutics Inc. (Transition) (TTH) announced an exclusive, worldwide collaboration agreement for the joint development and commercialization of a novel therapeutic agent, AZD-103, for the treatment of Alzheimer disease.

AZD-103 is a small molecule compound in Phase I clinical development that acts by breaking down and preventing the assembly of beta amlyoid fibrils, a hallmark pathology of Alzheimer disease.

Under the terms of the agreement, Transition will receive upfront payments of US$15 million: US$7.5 million in 2006 and the remaining US$7.5 million in 2007. In addition, dependant upon the successful development, regulatory approval and commercialization of AZD-103, Transition will be eligible to receive milestone payments of up to US$185 million. Elan and Transition will share the costs and operating profits of AZD-103 if successfully developed and commercialized. Each party's cost share and ownership interest may vary throughout the term of the agreement dependent on certain elections that may be made during the development of AZD-103.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work closely with Dr. Cruz and his team at Transition. The opportunity to advance this program to provide much needed therapeutic choice in the treatment of Alzheimer's will be a strategic priority and focus for all of us here at Elan. By joining forces, we increase our probability of success. The AZD-103 program represents a significant addition to our scientific portfolio and continues to reinforce our commitment and leadership in bringing more therapeutic choice to patients and their caregivers suffering from Alzheimer's around the world," said Kelly Martin, chief executive officer and president of Elan.

"We are extremely pleased to have Elan as our collaborator in developing AZD-103. Elan shares our vision and commitment to develop an effective Alzheimer's disease therapy. We are confident this collaboration will allow us to fully achieve the potential of the disease-modifying compound AZD-103 and help make a difference in the lives of millions of Alzheimer's disease patients and their loved ones," said Dr. Tony Cruz, chairman and chief executive officer of Transition.

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