Pfenex and NT Pharma Enter into a Development and License Agreement for Pfenex's PF708 Therapeutic Equivalent Candidate to Forteo
- Category: Proteins and Peptides
- Published on Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:19
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SAN DIEGO, CA, USA and HONG KONG, China I April 18, 2018 I Pfenex Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: PFNX) and China NT Pharma Group Company Limited (NT Pharma) (HKG:1011) today announced an agreement under which Pfenex granted NT Pharma non-exclusive development and exclusive commercialization rights to PF708, a teriparatide therapeutic equivalent candidate to Eli Lilly & Company's Forteo®, in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
In accordance with the agreement, Pfenex received a payment of $2.5 million upon signing of the agreement and may be eligible to receive additional payments of up to $22.5 million based on the achievement of certain development, regulatory, and sales-related milestones. Pfenex may also be eligible to receive double-digit royalties on net product sales. NT Pharma will be responsible for any further development required to achieve regulatory approval as well as commercialization activities in the territory.
"This agreement will expand NT Pharma's orthopedic product portfolio which currently includes Miacalcic franchise acquired from Novartis. The collaboration with Pfenex will leverage the strengths and resources of both companies to accelerate the development and commercialization of the product," said Mr. Ng Tit, NT Pharma Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This partnership will open further discussion on potential partnering for other Pfenex pipeline product candidates."
"We are pleased to announce our collaboration with NT Pharma, a recognized pharmaceutical leader in China and the Asia Pacific region. Upon receipt of the relevant marketing approvals, we believe this collaboration will allow us to drive sales of PF708 in key pharmaceutical markets," said Eef Schimmelpennink, Chief Executive Officer of Pfenex. "NT Pharma is well positioned to complete the development and commercialization of the product in the territory given its demonstrated experience in the orthopedic space."
About Pfenex Inc.
We are a clinical-stage development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging our Pfenex Expression Technology® to improve protein therapies for unmet patient needs. Using the patented Pfenex Expression Technology platform, we have created an advanced pipeline of therapeutic equivalents, vaccines, biologics and biosimilars. Our lead product candidates are PF708, a therapeutic equivalent candidate to Forteo® (teriparatide) for the treatment of osteoporosis, and our novel anthrax vaccine candidates, Px563L and RPA563, funded through an advanced development contract with the U.S. government. In addition, we are developing hematology/oncology products, including PF743, a recombinant crisantaspase, and PF745, a recombinant crisantaspase with half-life extension technology, in collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, our pipeline includes biosimilar candidates to Lucentis® and Neulasta®.
About China NT Pharma Group Company Limited (NT Pharma)
NT Pharma is a technology-based pharmaceutical company which is principally engaged in the investment, research and development ("R&D"), manufacturing and sales of pharmaceutical products in the People's Republic of China ("China" or "PRC") and countries overseas, with its products covering therapeutic areas of severe illness such as oncology, orthopedics, Central Nervous System ("CNS"), hepatology and respiratory system. NT Pharma owns two new Class 1 drugs in China, one well-known international brand-name drug, and a number of generic drugs, and the Group conducts its production through three of its subsidiaries, namely Suzhou First Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. ("Suzhou First"), Jiangsu NT Biopharma Co., Ltd. ("Jiangsu Biopharma") and NT Pharma Changsha Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. ("Changsha Pharma") and overseas partnered CMO. The Group also owns several sales and distribution companies with around 1,000 sales professionals and R&D specialists. The Group has an extensive promotion network in China, covering nearly 10,000 hospitals.