Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chugai and Debiopharm Group Announce an Exclusive License Agreement for Anti-Cancer Agent, FF284

Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Debiopharm Group   have  entered into a licensing agreement regarding FF284 (called Debio 1347 by Debiopharm) discovered by Chugai and which is about to start clinical development in oncology.

Under this license agreement, Chugai will grant Debiopharm an exclusive license to develop and commercialise FF284 in all countries worldwide including Japan. Under the same agreement, Chugai will grant a non-exclusive license to develop and commercialise a companion diagnostic for FF284. According to the terms of the license, Debiopharm and Chugai will collaborate to conduct a Phase I dose escalation study. In return for the license, Chugai will receive an upfront fee, milestone and royalty payments from Debiopharm.

About Chugai
Chugai Pharmaceutical is one of Japan’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies with strengths in biotechnology products. Chugai, based in Tokyo, specialises in prescription pharmaceuticals and is listed on the 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. As an important member of the Roche Group, Chugai is actively involved in R&D activities in Japan and abroad. Specifically, Chugai is working to develop innovative products which may satisfy the unmet medical needs, mainly focusing on the oncology area.
In Japan, Chugai’s research facilities in Gotemba and Kamakura are collaborating to develop new pharmaceuticals and Ukima is conducting research for technology development for industrial production. Overseas, Chugai Pharma USA and Chugai Pharma Europe are engaged in clinical development activities in the United States and Europe.

The consolidated revenue in 2011 of Chugai totaled 373.5 billion yen and the operating income was 62.4 billion yen. We are aiming at the consolidated revenue of 418.5 billion yen and operating income of 80 billion yen in 2012.
Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.chugai-pharm.co.jp/.

About Debiopharm
Debiopharm GroupTM (Debiopharm) is a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies founded in 1979 with headquarters in Lausanne. Debiopharm has a focus on the development of innovative prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs. Oncology is the group’s main area of expertise. Debiopharm in-licenses, develops and/or co-develops promising biological and small molecule drug candidates having reached clinical development phases I, II or III as well as earlier stage candidates. It develops its products for global registration and maximum commercial potential. The products are out-licensed to pharmaceutical partners for sales and marketing. Debiopharm is also active in the field of companion diagnostics with a view to progressing in the area of personalized medicine
For more information about Debiopharm GroupTM: www.debiopharm.com.


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