AstraZeneca signs deal on cancer drugs with Immunocore

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[January 08, 2014]  LONDON (Reuters) AstraZeneca has signed a deal with private British biotech company Immunocore to boost its experimental cancer drug pipeline as it seeks to find new medicines to replace those going off patent.

Immunocore is developing drugs known as "ImmTACs" that exploit the power of the body's own immune system to find and kill diseased cells.

AstraZeneca said on Wednesday its MedImmune unit would pay Immunocore $20 million upfront per program and the biotech firm would then be eligible to get up to $300 million in development and commercial milestone payments for each target program, plus royalties on any eventual sales.

(Reporting by Ben Hirschler)

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