Press Release - Oct. 25, 2012:
Amgen and KPCB Partner to Create Atara Biotherapeutics >>
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AMGEN AND KLEINER PERKINS CAUFIELD & BYERS PARTNER TO CREATE NEW SPIN-OUT BIOTECH COMPANY
Amgen to License Pipeline Assets to Newly Formed Company
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and MENLO PARK, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2012) – Amgen and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) today announced the formation of Atara Biotherapeutics, (www.atarabio.com), a new drug development company with a focus on innovative therapies for patients with chronic diseases in therapeutic areas including nephrology and oncology. Atara Biotherapeutics will have licenses to six Amgen assets, which are in various stages of development, ranging from preclinical to Phase 1. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
Atara Biotherapeutics will be financed initially by KPCB, and Isaac Ciechanover, M.D., a former partner at KPCB, will serve as the president and chief executive officer. Amgen will have a minority equity interest in Atara Biotherapeutics.
“Amgen is excited to partner with KPCB to help advance molecules in Amgen’s pipeline that have the potential to treat serious illnesses,” said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “With facilities in both the Bay Area and near Amgen’s Thousand Oaks campus, Atara Biotherapeutics will provide the opportunity to further foster biotechnology innovation in Amgen’s communities.”
“We look forward to building on Amgen’s research to bring a promising group of therapeutics to patients with serious illnesses,” said Ciechanover.
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.
About Kleiner Perkins
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures leading to 150 IPOs, 350,000 jobs and a deep strategic network. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Align, Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Symantec, VeriSign and WebMD. KPCB partners serve on the boards of Amazon, Apple, Bloom Energy, Flipboard, Foundation Medicine, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nest, Square, Tesaro and Zynga, among others. KPCB accelerates the success of entrepreneurs with a team of partners delivering company-building services including strategy, operational scaling, recruiting, business development and product delivery. The firm invests in all stages from seed and incubation to growth companies. KPCB operates from offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Shanghai and Beijing. http://www.kpcb.com.
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