THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Anthera Pharmaceuticals announced that it has licensed the rights from Amgen to develop and sell a potential lupus treatment, according to published reports.
The compound, AMG 623, is a peptide fusion protein that has been through early-stage clinical tests in lupus patients. Anthera, led by chief executive officer and president Paul Truex, hopes to start Phase 2 testing of the drug in 2008, as it may also be effective on other autoimmune diseases.
Anthera has also bought drug candidates from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Japan's Shionogi. Details of the Amgen deal were not disclosed.