Collaborations play a critical role in executing our strategy to become a fully integrated oncology therapeutics company. We have collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as academic institutions, and continuously explore strategic relationships that extend the reach and capabilities of our technology platform and product candidates in oncology and other disease areas.

Corporate Collaborations and License Agreements

Incyte Corporation

IncyteIn December 2016, Merus and Incyte entered into a global, strategic collaboration focused on the research, discovery and development of bispecific antibodies utilizing Merus™ proprietary Biclonics® technology platform. As part of the agreement, Incyte received exclusive rights for up to eleven bispecific or monospecific antibody research programs.

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Loxo Oncology at Lilly

In January 2021, Merus and Loxo Oncology at Lilly entered into a research collaboration and exclusive license agreement that will leverage Merus™ proprietary Biclonics® platform to research and develop up to three CD3-engaging T-cell re-directing bispecific antibody therapies.

As part of the agreement, Merus will lead discovery and early stage research activities, funded by Loxo Oncology at Lilly. Loxo Oncology at Lilly will be responsible for additional research, development and commercialization activities. In addition to receiving an upfront payment and equity investment, Merus will be eligible to receive potential development and commercialization milestones, in addition to tiered royalty payments on product sales should Loxo Oncology at Lilly successfully commercialize a therapy from the collaboration.

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Betta Pharmaceuticals

In January 2019, Merus entered into a strategic collaboration with Betta Pharmaceuticals to develop and commercialize Merus Biclonics® MCLA-129 in China. Under the terms of the agreement, Betta Pharmaceuticals is responsible for clinical development and potential commercialization of MCLA-129 in China, while Merus retains full ex-China rights.

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Ono Pharmaceutical

In April 2014, Merus and Ono entered into a research and license agreement to jointly develop bispecific antibody therapies for undisclosed targets. Ono received worldwide exclusive rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize the resulting products developed through the collaboration. Merus received an upfront payment, and is eligible to receive milestones and sales royalties. In March 2018, Ono exercised its option under the April 2014 agreement to enter into a new research and license agreement utilizing Merus™ proprietary Biclonics® technology platform to generate a bispecific antibody that binds to a combination of targets.

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