July 02, 2008
Bayer Expands Hemophilia Portfolio

Bayer HealthCare acquires hematology development portfolio featuring MAXY-VII from Maxygen

Phase 1 clinical testing expected to commence in third quarter of 2008 / Transaction includes license to Maxygen's novel biotechnology research platform

Leverkusen / Redwood City, California, USA, July 2, 2008 - Bayer HealthCare is expanding its commitment to hemophilia with the acquisition of Maxygen's hemophilia program assets, including a next-generation recombinant Factor VIIa protein known as MAXY-VII. The lead therapeutic candidate is expected to enter Phase 1 clinical testing in the third quarter of 2008. The total transaction is valued at US-Dollar 90 million upfront with a final, potential milestone payment of US-Dollar 30 million. This agreement includes a license to use Maxygen's MolecularBreedingTM technology, a novel research platform, for exploiting gene targets.

Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins. Roughly 20 to 30 percent of patients with hemophilia develop antibodies - or inhibitors - to current therapies. In these instances a Factor VIIa is used to bypass inhibitors and help these individuals to form clots. MAXY-VII is a next generation Factor VIIa clotting factor that may offer an improved dosing regimen and safety profile. The addition of a development candidate for patients with clotting factor inhibitors could further build Bayer's leadership position in hemophilia care where it offers the recombinant Factor VIII product, Kogenate® (antihemophilic factor [recombinant]). The company has a strong development program dedicated to hemophilia including ongoing clinical investigations into long-acting forms of Kogenate. "MAXY-VII has the potential to be an important expansion of therapeutic options for people living with hemophilia and we are pleased to add this to our global development portfolio. The agreement fits into our growth strategy for our specialty pharmaceutical business and builds on our expertise in the commercialization and manufacturing of protein therapeutics," said Dr. Gunnar Riemann, member of the Executive Committee of Bayer HealthCare. "Our scientists are actively collaborating with researchers in academia and biotechnology firms to leverage novel research platforms. Access to Maxygen's MolecularBreedingTM technology provides us with another tool to expand our product pipeline."

"This agreement allows Maxygen to capture significant value from this preclinical asset, and puts MAXY-VII in the hands of the hemophilia leader," said Russell Howard, chief executive officer of Maxygen. "MAXY-VII has the potential to become the world's first approved shuffled protein therapeutic, a milestone that is likely to open up many more opportunities for Maxygen's technology. Bayer is the ideal company to move the MAXY-VII program toward that goal."

Bayer also receives a non-exclusive license to use Maxygen's MolecularBreedingTM technology for a broad set of genes for its internal use in its specialty pharmaceutical business. In addition, Bayer receives exclusive rights to use the technology for 30 specified gene targets in areas of strategic business interest. This novel platform allows scientists to exploit gene variation that can result in unique drug targets or novel therapeutic protein candidates.

About MAXY-VII and Hemophilia
MAXY-VII is designed to be an improved Factor VIIa for the treatment of hemophilia patients. Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints or internal organs. The disease is caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known as factor VIII or IX. The most common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective. Hemophilia B is characterized by deficient or defective factor IX. According to the World Federation of Hemophilia, about 1 in 10,000 people is born with hemophilia A and 1 in 50,000 people is born with hemophilia B. At some point in time, roughly 20 to 30 percent of patients develop antibodies to these replacement factors (frequently referred to as inhibitors).

About the MolecularBreedingTM Directed Evolution Platform
MolecularBreeding, also known as gene shuffling, is an iterative process of recombination and selection. The products of these recombined genes (proteins) are then screened for the targeted drug properties. This novel platform allows scientists to exploit gene variation that can result in unique drug targets or novel therapeutic protein candidates.

About Kogenate® FS/KOGENATE® Bayer
Kogenate®FS (Antihemophilic Factor [Recombinant]) / KOGENATE® Bayer (Recombinant Coagulation Factor VIII [octocog alfa]) is a recombinant factor VIII treatment indicated for the treatment of hemophilia A. The safety, efficacy and overall reliability of the Kogenate line of products are based on 20 years of clinical experience. Clinical data shows that Kogenate provided excellent hemostatic control, was well tolerated, and has a proven safety profile in patients with hemophilia A. Kogenate is manufactured at Bayer's state-of-the-art biotechnology facility in Berkeley, California. The most frequently reported adverse events were local injection site reactions, dizziness and rash. Known intolerance or allergic reactions to constituents of the preparation is a contraindication to the use of Kogenate. Known hypersensitivity to mouse or hamster protein may be a contraindication to the use of Kogenate.

About Maxygen, Inc.
Maxygen is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing improved versions of protein drugs. Maxygen looks for opportunities where its proprietary protein modification technologies can address significant therapeutic needs. Maxygen's approach to drug discovery and development leverages the established development and regulatory paths of approved drugs. Find more information at www.maxygen.com.

About Bayer HealthCare
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, is one of the world's leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Diabetes Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. The pharmaceuticals business operates under the name Bayer Schering Pharma AG. Bayer HealthCare's aim is to discover and manufacture products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Find more information at www.bayerhealthcare.com.

Bayer Schering Pharma is a worldwide leading specialty pharmaceutical company. Its research and business activities are focused on the following areas: Diagnostic Imaging, General Medicine, Specialty Medicine and Women's Healthcare. With innovative products, Bayer Schering Pharma aims for leading positions in specialized markets worldwide. Using new ideas, Bayer Schering Pharma aims to make a contribution to medical progress and strives to improve the quality of life. Find more information at www.bayerscheringpharma.de.


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