MIAMI, Jun 11, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: OPK) announced that it has made an investment in Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company based in San Diego with a proprietary platform technology for the generation of fully human monoclonal antibodies. In exchange for the investment, OPKO acquired approximately one-third of the outstanding common shares of Sorrento and received a fully-paid, exclusive license to the Sorrento antibody library for the discovery and development of therapeutic antibodies in the field of ophthalmology.
"The therapeutic antibody market is experiencing a significant growth phase and is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical market segments," said Dr. Phillip Frost, OPKO's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "OPKO is pleased to secure a stake in this cutting edge company."
Further details of the agreement will be included in the company's 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About OPKO Health, Inc.
Miami-based OPKO is a specialty healthcare company. OPKO is developing a preclinical pipeline of novel agents for ophthalmic diseases and markets diagnostic systems that complement its therapeutic products. For more information visit the company's website at www.opko.com.
About Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. provides a broad, generally applicable platform for the generation of fully human monoclonal antibodies based on its proprietary technology. Sorrento intends to become a leading technology provider and developer of fully human monoclonal antibodies for research, diagnostic and therapeutic use.
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SOURCE: OPKO Health, Inc.
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