* Glaxo can license specified inflammatory drugs
* Pact covers drugs developed using aptamer technology
* Archemix gets $27.5 mln, and up to $200 mln in milestones
* Archemix lined up to merge with NitroMed
LONDON, Dec 23 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) has
secured options to license a number of drug candidates for
inflammatory diseases after signing a development pact with
U.S.-based Archemix it said on Tuesday.
Privately held Archemix, which is poised to merge with U.S.
heart drug company NitroMed NTMD.O, specialises in so-called
aptamer technology, which tackles diseases by binding to
Under the deal with Glaxo, which covers a number of proteins
linked to inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and
inflammatory bowel disease, Archemix gets a $27.5 million
upfront payment and up to $200 million in milestones.
Archemix has agreements with a number of major
pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer (PFE.N) and Eli Lilly
(LLY.N), for treatments in a range of disease areas using its
(Reporting by Ben Deighton; Editing by Hans Peters)