Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University Announces License Agreement with Merck


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–Harvard University has entered into an exclusive license and research collaboration agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to further the development of small-molecule therapeutics for leukemia and other cancers. The novel compounds, developed in the laboratory of Harvard scientist Matthew Shair, Ph.D., offer an innovative approach to cancer treatment, targeting enzymes that regulate transcription.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common form of acute leukemia, with an estimated 20,800 new cases in the United States in 2015. Moreover, AML accounts for the largest number of leukemia-related deaths, with a five-year overall survival rate of only approximately 26 percent.

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