Chongqing Jingdong Pharmaceutical and Athenex Announce a Strategic Partnership and Licensing Agreement to Develop and Commercialize KX2-391 in China
- Chongqing Jingdong Pharmaceutical strengthens its product portfolio of innovative drugs with novel small molecule KX2-391
Athenexfurther builds its presence in China, broadening global reach Athenexto receive upfront and potential development milestones, along with tiered royalties based on net sales
KX2-391, also known as KX-01, is a first-in-class dual Src kinase and tubulin polymerization inhibitor. KX2-391 ointment is a topical medicinal product for the treatment of actinic keratosis that is in late stage Phase III development. Actinic keratosis is a common skin condition that is induced through ultra-violet light damage, resulting in patches of thick, scaly, or crusty skin. Left untreated, the lesions have risk of progression to squamous cell carcinoma and, consequently, treatment by a dermatologist is recommended. Other drug candidates with KX2-391 as the active ingredient are also being developed for oncology indications.
Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the arrangement, Athenex will grant to Chongqing Jingdong Pharmaceutical an exclusive license under Athenex’s intellectual property to commercialize topical and oral products containing KX2-391 in mainland
Athenex will be responsible for conducting all preclinical and clinical studies, as well as regulatory submissions, required for approval in China. Chongqing Jingdong Pharmaceutical will employ its expertise to plan and prepare for the commercialization of the products in
Bin Li, Chief Executive Officer, Chongqing Jingdong Pharmaceutical, commented, “We are pleased to enter into this strategic collaboration with Athenex. We are excited with the very encouraging results generated from the two Phase III studies of KX2-391 ointment, and are impressed by the Athenex team in their innovation and execution of drug development efforts. KX2-391 ointment has the potential to change the standard of care for treatment of actinic keratosis and there is a large unmet medical need in
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Founded in 2003, Athenex, Inc. is a global clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to becoming a leader in the discovery and development of next generation drugs for the treatment of cancer. Athenex is organized around three platforms, including an Oncology Innovation Platform, a Commercial Platform and a Global Supply Chain Platform. The Company’s current clinical pipeline is derived from four different platform technologies: (1) Orascovery, based on non-absorbed P-glycoprotein inhibitor, (2) Src kinase inhibition, (3) T-cell receptor-engineered T-cells (TCR-T), and (4) Arginine deprivation therapy. Athenex’s employees worldwide are dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients by creating more active and tolerable treatments. Athenex has offices in Buffalo and Clarence, New York; Cranford, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Hong Kong; Taipei, Taiwan; and multiple locations in Chongqing, China. For more information, please visit www.athenex.com.
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