Sanofi and Hanmi in $3.5B license agreement (developing diabetes treatments)

Sanofi and Hanmi in $3.5B license agreement (developing diabetes treatments)

November 5, 2015 Off By Dino Mustafić

Sanofi and Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced Thursday a worldwide license agreement to develop a portfolio of experimental, long-acting diabetes treatments.

As said in the companies’ announcement, under the terms of the agreement, Hanmi will receive an upfront payment of €400 million and is eligible for up to €3.5 billion in development, registration and sales milestones, as well as double digit royalties on net sales. Sanofi will obtain an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize 1.) efpeglenatide, a late-stage long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP1-RA); 2.) a weekly insulin and 3.) a fixed-dosed weekly GLP-1-RA/insulin drug combination. Collectively, these therapeutic offerings are known as the “Quantum Project” utilizing Hanmi’s proprietary Long Acting Protein / Peptide Discovery Platform LAPSCOVERY technology. Hanmi will retain an exclusive option to co-commercialize the products in Korea and China.

“The agreement to develop these three investigational diabetes medicines confirms Sanofi’s long-term commitment to people with this disease,” said Pascale Witz, Executive Vice President, Sanofi, who will lead the Global Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care Business Unit in the company’s new organizational structure.

“We now have the opportunity to expand our existing portfolio by including medicines that are administered weekly as well as daily, which could extend our reach in basal insulin and expand our GLP-1-RA and GLP-RA/insulin combination prospects. In these ways, we aim to complement our current offerings and work to serve a broader patient population.”

It has been further said in the announcement, the Quantum Portfolio is based on Hanmi’s proprietary LAPSCOVERY (Long Acting Protein/Peptide Discovery) Technology which is a platform technology that prolongs the duration of action of biologics. The objective is to minimize the frequency of treatment and the dose required, thereby potentially lowering the adverse event rates and optimizing efficacy, according to Hamni.

“We are pleased that Sanofi with its long heritage and as a proven leader with solid track of success in diabetes, has recognized the value of Hanmi’s Quantum Project,” said Dr. Gwan Sun Lee, CEO/President of Hanmi Pharmaceutical.

“We are confident that we have found the right partner and are excited for the potential this license agreement with Sanofi will bring to the development of Hanmi’s Quantum Project and possibilities this could offer to people with diabetes.”

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions.