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Option Agreement with GlaxoSmithKline

Oxford, UK – 18 December 2013: Oxford BioMedica plc (“Oxford BioMedica” or “the Company”) (LSE: OXB), the leading gene-based biopharmaceutical company, announces that it has signed an option agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) which grants GSK an option to a non-exclusive licence under Oxford BioMedica’s LentiVector® platform technology patents for the development and commercialisation of up to six product candidates targeting rare orphan diseases.  Financial terms were not disclosed. 

In 2006, Oxford BioMedica previously granted GSK a non-exclusive licence to its LentiVector® platform technology patents for research purposes.

John Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford BioMedica, commented: “With a diverse pipeline of product candidates and a world-class reputation, GSK is a strong licensee of our LentiVector® platform technology patents.”

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About Oxford BioMedica

Oxford BioMedica (LSE:OXB) is a leading gene and cell therapy group focused on developing life changing treatments for serious diseases. Oxford BioMedica and its subsidiaries (the "Group") have built a sector leading lentiviral vector delivery platform (LentiVector®), which the Group leverages to develop in vivo and ex vivo products both in-house and with partners. The Group has created a valuable proprietary portfolio of gene and cell therapy product candidates in the areas of oncology, ophthalmology and CNS disorders. The Group has also entered into a number of partnerships, including with Novartis, Bioverativ, Sanofi, Axovant, Orchard Therapeutics, Boehringer Ingelheim/UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium/Imperial Innovations, GC LabCell and Immune Design, through which it has long-term economic interests in other potential gene and cell therapy products. Oxford BioMedica is based across several locations in Oxfordshire, UK and employs more than 320 people. Further information is available at www.oxfordbiomedica.co.uk.

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