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Biotechnology company Xoma Ltd (Berkeley CA) said it signed a development and licensing deal with Les Laboratoires Servier (Neuilly-sur-Seine FRA) potentially worth more than $500 million for an anti-inflammatory drug candidate.

Biotechnology company Xoma Ltd (Berkeley CA) said it signed a development and licensing deal with Les Laboratoires Servier (Neuilly-sur-Seine FRA Fra: see Angelico, Fra; Bartolommeo di Pagholo del Fattorino, Fra; Fra Filippo Lippi under Lippi. ) potentially worth more than $500 million for an anti-inflammatory drug candidate. Xoma will receive $35 million upfront from the privately held French drug company for development of Xoma-052, which has potential as a treatment for multiple inflammatory conditions. Xoma is also eligible to receive up to $470 million in additional milestone payments, along with royalties. Xoma will retain development and sales rights for Behcet's uveitis uveitis

Inflammation of the uvea, the middle coat of the eyeball. Anterior uveitis, involving the iris or ciliary body (containing the muscle that adjusts the lens) or both, can lead to glaucoma and blindness.
 and other inflammatory and cancer indications in the U.S. and Japan. Servier receives similar rights in the rest of the world and will fund the first $50 million of Xoma-052 development expenses and 50% of further expenses for the Behcet's uveitis indication.

Behcet's uveitis is a condition involving inflammation of the eye. Xoma expects to move the drug candidate into late-stage testing in 2011. Servier will fund development for diabetes and cardiovascular disease Cardiovascular disease
Disease that affects the heart and blood vessels.

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cardiovascular disease 
 indications in exchange for worldwide rights, while Xoma retains an option to reacquire the development and sales rights to the diabetes and cardiovascular uses in the U.S. and Japan by paying an option fee and partial reimbursement of development expenses.
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