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Harbour BioMed and Hualan Genetic Announced Collaboration to Develop Multiple Innovative Antibody Programs

September 11, 2020

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Harbour BioMed and Hualan Genetic Announced Collaboration to Develop Multiple Innovative Antibody Programs

September 11, 2020

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, SUZHOU,China and XINXIANG, China, Sept. 11, 2020. Cambridge, MA, Rotterdam, NL, Suzhou Xinxiang, CN - September 11, 2020.  Harbour BioMed (HBM), a global, clinical-stage, innovative biopharmaceutical company today announced a strategic partnership agreement with Hualan Genetic Engineering Co., Ltd (Hualan Genetic) to develop HBM’s three proprietary innovative monoclonal and bispecific antibodies. 
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Hualan Genetic will be responsible for preclinical and process development in exchange for exclusive rights for the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of these innovative antibody drugs  in  Greater China  (Mainland  China,  Hong Kong,  Taiwan  and  Macau). HBM will retain the rights for advancing the clinical development and commercialization in rest of the world. Both parties will collaborate on clinical developments and drug manufacturing. HBM will receive an upfront payment of  USD 8.75M  and royalties based on sales in  Greater China.
 
Using its proprietary H2L2 and HCAb fully human transgenic mouse platforms, HBM has developed a series of novel antibody candidates against oncology and immunological diseases. Many of these candidates have already progressed to preclinical and clinical stages.  HBM has  developed an immune cell engager platform HBICE™, and one product  of this  collaboration with Hualan Genetic is HBICE™ bispecific antibody.


Hualan Genetic has been dedicated to R&D and the production of monoclonal antibodies, recombinant human coagulation factors, recombinant hormone drugs. To date, the company has 19 recombinant protein products under development and 7 monoclonal antibody products that received approval for the clinical trial, among which several are under Phase III clinical study. Hualan Genetic is a novel biopharmaceutical company specializing in R & D, production and sales with product indications covering a dozen major diseases, including breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and diabetes mellitus.

 

"We are pleased to join forces with Hualan to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics based on our HCAb platform that gives us the flexibility to design and develop innovative therapeutics. This collaboration brings together complementary capabilities to address patients' needs across the world." said Dr. Jingsong Wang, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of HBM. "As a global biopharma, we have been collaborating with several industry and academic partners around the world to leverage complementary capabilities in both research and development to advance the next generation of therapeutics in oncology and immunology." he added.

 

Dr. Wenqi An, General Manager of Hualan Genetic, said, "Business of antibody drugs is one of the core strategic directions for the future development of Hualan Genetic. Previously, Hualan Genetic has successfully completed R&D of 7 monoclonal antibody drugs and established an antibody-drug production line with a scale of 10,000L. Hualan Genetic is on the development path transiting from the production of biosimilars to R&D of products concentrated on the latest antibody technologies (such as HBICE™ bispecific antibody). Hualan is very pleased to cooperate with HBM to accelerate our buildup of innovative product pipeline and accomplish the upgrade from biosimilars to bio-innovative drugs."

 

 

About Harbour BioMed


 
Harbour BioMed (HKEX: 02142) is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel antibody therapeutics focusing on oncology and immunology. The Company is building its robust portfolio and differentiated pipeline through internal R&D capability, collaborations with co-discovery and co-development partners and select acquisitions.


 
The Company’s proprietary antibody technology platforms Harbour Mice® generate fully human monoclonal antibodies in two heavy and two light chain (H2L2) format, as well as heavy chain only (HCAb) format. Building upon the HCAb antibodies, the HCAb-based immune cell engagers (HBICE®) are capable of delivering tumor killing effects unachievable by traditional combination therapies. Integrating Harbour Mice® with single B cell cloning platform, our antibody discovery engine is highly unique and efficient for development of next generation therapeutic antibodies.  

 

For further information, please refer to www.harbourbiomed.com

Media and Investor Contact:

Harbour BioMed

Atul Deshpande PhD, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer and Head, US Ops.

Phone: +1-908-210-3347

E-mail: atul.deshpande@harbourbiomed.com

 

Hualan Genetic

Kevin Cai

International Business Director

E-mail: cll1930@hualanbio.com