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India’s Maxygen Expects Amgen Patent Suit Over G-CSF Compounds

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Indian biotech Maxygen says U.S.-based Amgen's recent acquisition of a patent for its G-CSF class of proteins could mean a legal fight between the two companies. Amgen obtained the patent June 3 for the granulocyte colony stimulating factor, a natural protein important in production of white blood cells. Maxygen's Maxy-G34 belongs to that protein class and has a patent for its compound until 2021. The drug is currently in Phase II trials and the company expects Amgen to sue once the U.S. firm begins selling its own G-CSF compound. (Click here for more

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