F-star Announces the Formation of Second Asset-Centric Vehicle, F-star Beta Ltd

F-star an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced the formation of F-star Beta Ltd., an independent company which has been granted exclusive licences to a range of oncology assets. F-star Beta is the second asset-centric vehicle created by F-star.

Under the terms of the licence agreement, F-star Beta receives an exclusive licence for the generation of Fcab™ andbispecific antibodies(mAb2™) against certain oncology and immuno-oncology targets. In return, F-star will receive a combination of milestone payments and tiered royalties. “F-star created an asset-centric vehicle structure in October of 2013 to accelerate the development of a pipeline of proprietary cancer therapeutics, while enabling greater commercial and financial flexibility for the company and future partners,” said John Haurum, CEO of F-star. “We are extremely pleased with the speed and productivity of our proprietary Modular Antibody Technology™ platform. The efficiency of our R&D engine facilitates the development of a large number of novel therapeutic products, well beyond what a single company can develop. F-star Beta, as well as future asset-centric vehicles, is being established to create a flexible corporate structure to further enhance the opportunity to attract leading biopharmaceutical companies. This approach was recently successful with our lead programme FS102 and the related agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb to obtain an option to acquire our first asset-centricvehicle, F-star Alpha Ltd.”

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