Web Press Release No. 212
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December 21, 2006
AMRI Announces Drug Discovery Research
Collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Albany, NY (December 21, 2006) -- Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRI) has entered into a two-year natural products-based drug discovery collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY).
Under the terms of the agreement, AMRI will test samples from its natural product hit seeking collections against multiple drug targets, with the goal of identifying hit compounds with desired biological activity in a potential range of therapeutic areas. In addition, AMRI may provide follow-up medicinal chemistry hit-to-lead optimization, biocatalysis or chemical synthesis support on compounds of interest to Bristol-Myers Squibb.
The collaboration includes an upfront payment, research funding and opportunities for AMRI to receive milestone payments based on the achievement of specific development and commercialization goals. AMRI would also receive royalty payments on sales of commercial products that result from the collaboration. More specific financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to announce this natural products relationship with Bristol-Myers Squibb,” said AMRI Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. D'Ambra, Ph.D. “This collaboration draws on AMRI’s breadth of drug discovery technologies, from our diverse collection of natural products and high throughput screening, to world class hit-to-lead optimization.”
With almost 300,000 crude and partially purified fractions, AMRI has one of the world's largest, most unique and diverse natural products-based collections derived from microbial cultures, plants and marine organisms. Coupled with technologies in high speed purification, separation and structure elucidation, AMRI’s natural products drug discovery platform makes identification of biologically active hits fast, efficient and reliable.
This is AMRI’s second collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb. The two companies have a separate, ongoing collaboration into new treatments for disorders of the central nervous system.
Albany Molecular Research, Inc. is a global drug discovery company that provides chemistry services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and conducts its own proprietary R&D programs.
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David Albert, Director of Communications, AMRI 518-464-0279, ext. 2229
P. Curtis Schenck, Investor Relations Manager, 518-464-0279, ext. 2933
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