In a blow to Aussie regenerative medicine company Regeneus Ltd., Japan’s Kyocera Corp. has pulled out of a licensing deal for Regeneus’ lead mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy, Progenza, for osteoarthritis of the knee for the Japan market. Osteoarthritis of the knee is the first indication for Progenza, an allogeneic off-the-shelf adipose-derived MSC therapy.
Baxter International Inc. has joined forces with Miromatrix Medical Inc. to advance the development of bioengineered organs for patients with acute liver failure (ALF). Under the collaborative research agreement, Baxter will combine its Prismax system with Miromatrix's single-use bioengineered liver, miroliver, to provide external support to patients' native livers as they await transplant or potential regeneration.
Daewoong Pharmaceutical Ltd. has out-licensed greater China rights for its idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) candidate, bersiporocin (DWN-2088), to CS Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in a deal worth up to $336 million. Bersiporocin is a prolyl-tRNA synthetase inhibitor being developed by Daewoong for IPF and potentially other fibrotic indications.
Chinese firm Hutchmed Ltd. has out licensed its targeted colorectal cancer drug fruquintinib to Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. as it eyes growth opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Japan in a deal totaling up to $1.13 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Tokyo, Japan-based Takeda will gain an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize the drug in all indications and territories outside of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Just in time for the Chinese New Year, Mabwell Bioscience Co. Ltd. announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Mabwell Therapeutics Ltd., closed a licensing deal with Disc Medicine Inc. worth up to $412 million.
Sysnav Healthcare SA and Roche Holding AG entered a new collaboration to develop digital endpoints for use in clinical trials of therapies for a range of neuromuscular disorders. The alliance combines Sysnav’s expertise in wearable technologies and movement evaluation with Roche’s clinical experience. It builds on an existing collaboration that led to the qualification of the world’s first digital endpoint, for evaluating therapies in development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). They now aim to put that experience to work in widening its application to other disorders in which movement is a key parameter.
Iovance Biotherapeutics Inc.’s faith in tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy lifileucel was further proven by the Jan. 23 acquisition of worldwide rights from Clinigen Ltd. to Proleukin (aldesleukin), an IL-2 product used to promote T-cell activity after infusion of TILs. Terms call for San Carlos, Calif.-based Iovance to pay Clinigen, of Burton Upon Kent, U.K., £166.7 million (US$$206.1 million) right away and a £41.7 million milestone payment upon first approval of lifileucel in advanced melanoma, plus double-digit global royalties for Clinigen.