Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Crescendo Biologics Limited said early Monday they entered into a cancer drug development partnership worth up to $36 million and as much as $754 million in additional milestone payments. The collaboration's focus is on using Crescendo's Humabody-based drugs for cancers with a high unmet medical need, the companies said. Crescendo is eligible for up to $36 million under the deal, which includes an upfront payment, investment, research funding and preclinical milestones, and further milestone payments of $754 million. The agreement grants Takeda development and commercial rights to the collaboration's Humabody-based treatments, for which Crescendo is eligible for royalties on product sales. Crescendo Chief Executive Officer Dr. Peter Pack called the partnership, its first major one, a "validation of our transgenic platform." Takeda shares rose 14.4% over the last three months, compared with a 1.1% rise in the S&P 500 .
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