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Description of Business

Description of Business
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Description of Business [Abstract]  
Description of Business
1.  Description of Business

XOMA Corporation ("XOMA" or the "Company"), a Delaware corporation, combines a portfolio of late-stage clinical programs and research activities to develop innovative therapeutic antibodies with its recently launched commercial operations.  XOMA focuses its scientific research on allosteric modulation, which offers opportunities for new classes of therapeutic antibodies to treat a wide range of human diseases.  XOMA is developing its lead product gevokizumab (IL-1 beta modulating antibody) with Les Laboratoires Servier ("Servier") through a global Phase 3 program and ongoing proof-of-concept studies in other IL-1-mediated diseases. XOMA's scientific research also has produced the XMet platform, which consists of three classes of preclinical antibodies, including Selective Insulin Receptor Modulators that could offer new approaches in the treatment of diabetes.  In order to retain significant value from its scientific discoveries, XOMA initiated commercial operations in January 2012 through the licensing of U.S. commercial rights to Servier's ACEON® (perindopril erbumine) and certain U.S. rights to a patent-protected portfolio of fixed dose combination ("FDC") product candidates where perindopril is combined with other active ingredients to treat cardiovascular disease. XOMA has the right to develop and commercialize one of these product candidates and options to develop and commercialize two more product candidates, all for the U.S. market.