Vancouver, British Columbia – April 23, 2014 – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX-V: SBM.V OTCQX: SRBCF, Frankfurt: ZSB) announces that Licensee Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals (Wanbang) has begun pre-clinical validation for Sirona Biochem’s second generation SGLT2 Inhibitor. To date, Sirona has received Wanbang’s licensing fee, the Chinese government’s innovation tax application has been approved, Wanbang has successfully hired an expert in pharmacology and toxicity to lead the project and compound synthesis has begun to ensure quantities of the compound will be available for all future clinical trials.
About the License Agreement with Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals
Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals secured the exclusive rights to sell Sirona Biochem’s SGLT2 Inhibitor in the People’s Republic of China for US$9.5M in upfront and milestone payments with ongoing royalty payments as a percentage of all sales. Wanbang is responsible for funding and managing all clinical validation for the diabetes drug, removing the financial and resource burden for the development of the second generation SGLT2 Inhibitor from Sirona Biochem.
Sirona Biochem will oversee and contribute to the design and execution of all clinical studies and will receive all data generated by Wanbang. Following the successful completion of each study, Sirona will receive a milestone payment from Wanbang and the global value of Sirona’s SGLT2 Inhibitor will rise significantly. Sirona has the option of licensing its SGLT2 Inhibitor to the rest of the world at any time; previous transaction values for the first generation of SGLT2 Inhibitors globally include:
- Empagliflozin, one of a two-compound licensing deal between Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly for at one time payment of €300 million and milestone payments of €625 million.
- Dapagliflozin (Forxiga®), one of a two-compound licensing deal between Bristol Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca for upfront payment of US$100 million and milestone payments of up to US$1.25 billion
- Bristol Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca expand licensing deal of Dapagliflozin to include Japan; deal estimated to bring more than US$1 billion
About Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals
Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals is a leading pharmaceutical company in China that specializes in research, production and marketing of medicines for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endocrinology. Among domestic pharmaceutical companies, Wanbang Biopharmaceuticals is one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of a comprehensive portfolio of drugs for diabetes.
Wanbang Pharma is a subsidiary of Fosun Pharmaceutical Group which is listed on the Shanghai stock exchange (SHA: 600196). Fosun Pharma, one of the major shareholders of Sino Pharma (HKG:1099), the largest drug distributor in China, is part of the Fosun Group, the leading non-state owned enterprise group in China which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKG:0656).
About Sirona Biochem
Sirona Biochem is a cosmetic ingredient and drug discovery company with a proprietary platform technology. Sirona specializes in stabilizing carbohydrate molecules with the goal of improving efficacy and safety. New compounds are patented for maximum revenue potential.
Sirona’s compounds are licensed to leading companies around the world in return for licensing fees, milestone fees and ongoing royalty payments. Sirona’s laboratory, TFChem, is located in France and is the recipient of multiple French national scientific awards and European Union and French government grants. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.
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