Faron Licenses Traumakine Korean Rights to Pharmbio Korea Inc.
Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd, the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announces today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Pharmbio Korea Inc., for the development and commercialisation of Traumakine in Korea. Pharmbio is based in Seoul and specialises in hospital sales of novel pharmaceutical products. Traumakine is in development for the treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), a rare, severe, life threatening medical condition for which there is currently no approved pharmaceutical treatment. Traumakine is now in the pivotal pan-European Phase III INTEREST trial.
Under the terms of the agreement Pharmbio will obtain exclusive Korean rights to Traumakine. Faron will receive an initial signing fee of €750,000, which will be recorded as a revenue in H1-2016 financial results, and is entitled to receive additional, undisclosed development based milestones. In addition, Pharmbio will pay Faron one third of Traumakine profits, representing a double digit royalty on net sales, depending on end user pricing, and has agreed to cover development costs for Traumakine in Korea. Additionally, Faron will provide European approval material for Pharmbio to obtain market authorisation in Korea and will also supply Traumakine drug product to Pharmbio at an agreed transfer price.
Dr. Markku Jalkanen, CEO of Faron, said: “We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with Pharmbio which represents a great opportunity for Traumakine to enter the Korean market. Given the successful track record of Pharmbio sales team, achieving a steady 30% sales growth over the last five years, it is an excellent partner for Traumakine in the Korean market. This licensing deal follows our growth strategy to partner Traumakine in territories where Faron has limited presence, while maintaining rights in major territories including Europe and North America. We believe this agreement represents the best way to accelerate the development of Traumakine and create long term value for our shareholders.”
Dr. Junsang Nam, CEO of Pharmbio, said:“We are very excited to license Traumakine in Korea and for the opportunity to introduce this product targeting significant unmet medical need to Korean hospitals and ARDS patients. During the MERS virus outbreak in South Korea, a year ago many people suffered from serious lung infections and acute loss of respiration. We believe Traumakine, offers a new treatment option for these patients as well as ARDS patients with other underlying conditions.”
About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Faron is a drug discovery and development company focused on creating novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company is based in Turku, Finland. The Company currently has a pipeline of clinical stage products focusing on acute organ traumas, cancer immunotherapy and vascular damage.
About Pharmbio Korea Inc.
Pharmbio started business in 1999 in South Korea and claims to have annual turnover of over USD 47 million. It has continued expanding its scope of services and growing its revenue by 24% (8-year CAGR). Pharmbio developed the first treatment of urinary stone in Korea, UROCITRA, and has provided a pipeline of innovative products in urology, gastroenterology, general surgery, ob-gyn among others. Pharmbio has licensed and marketed products in a close collaboration with pharmaceutical companies in the EU, Japan, and Canada and has exported its patent products to SE Asian countries including Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, and Pakistan to fulfill unmet worldwide medical needs.