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Agios and Aurigene Enter into Exclusive License Agreement for Novel Small Molecules for Cancer Metabolism Target

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGIO) and Aurigene Discovery Technologies Limited today announced a global license agreement to research, develop and commercialize small molecule inhibitors of an undisclosed cancer metabolism target.

Under the terms of the agreement, Aurigene will provide Agios exclusive rights to its portfolio of novel small molecules for the undisclosed target. Financial terms of the agreement include a $3 million upfront payment and potential future milestone payments of up to $17 million per licensed product if certain development and regulatory milestones are achieved by Agios. Aurigene is also eligible to receive low single-digit royalties on product sales. Agios will conduct preclinical studies and, if successful, fund further global research and development, as well as regulatory and commercial activities.

About Agios

Agios is focused on discovering and developing novel investigational medicines to treat cancer and rare genetic diseases through scientific leadership in the field of cellular metabolism. In addition to an active research and discovery pipeline across both therapeutic areas, Agios has multiple first-in-class investigational medicines in clinical and/or preclinical development. All Agios programs focus on genetically identified patient populations, leveraging our knowledge of metabolism, biology and genomics. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.agios.com.

About Aurigene
Aurigene is a specialized biotechnology company, engaged in discovery and early clinical development of novel and best-in-class therapies to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases. Aurigene is focused on oral check-point inhibitors, precision-oncology and the Th-17 pathway.  Aurigene’s oral PD-L1/ VISTA antagonist program is currently in Phase 1 clinical development with its partner. Aurigene has partnered with several large- and mid-pharma companies in the United States and Europe and has delivered over 15 compounds which are in clinical development. Aurigene is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (NYSE:RDY).