11 March 2019 | News
ASLAN will grant BioGenetics exclusive rights to commercialise ASLAN003 in South Korea in exchange for an upfront payment of US$1 million and up to US$8 million in sales and development milestones.
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ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for global markets, and BioGenetics Co Ltd, a leading South Korean healthcare company, have expanded their strategic collaboration by entering into a new commercialisation agreement whereby both parties will partner to commercialise ASLAN003 in all indications in South Korea.
ASLAN will grant BioGenetics exclusive rights to commercialise ASLAN003 in South Korea in exchange for an upfront payment of US$1 million and up to US$8 million in sales and development milestones. ASLAN is also eligible to receive tiered double digit royalties on net sales from the high-teens to the mid-twenties range. BioGenetics will contribute to the global R&D costs incurred by ASLAN in the clinical development of ASLAN003 in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and will be responsible for obtaining initial and all subsequent regulatory approvals of ASLAN003 in South Korea.
ASLAN003 is an orally active, potent inhibitor of human dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) that has the potential to be first-in-class in AML. ASLAN is currently conducting a phase 2a dose optimisation study of ASLAN003 in AML and expects to complete the study in the first half of 2019. ASLAN recently presented preliminary data from the study at the 60th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, in which ASLAN003 showed early signs of safety and efficacy in relapsed and refractory AML patients. In previous clinical studies, ASLAN003 has demonstrated potent inhibition of DHODH, a lack of toxicities associated with first generation inhibitors and other novel AML therapies, and the potential to induce differentiation in blast cells and applicability in a broad range of AML patients. ASLAN003 has been awarded orphan drug designation from the US Food and Drug Administration.
The agreement for ASLAN003 is ASLAN’s second commercialisation agreement with BioGenetics. In February 2019, ASLAN signed an agreement with BioGenetics whereby both parties will collaborate to commercialise ASLAN’s lead asset, varlitinib, in all indications in South Korea.
ASLAN acquired the global rights to develop and commercialise ASLAN003 in May 2012 from Almirall. Under the terms of the agreement, ASLAN is required to pay Almirall a low double-digit percentage of all licensing revenues received.