Henlius Expands Collaboration with KGbio to Develop, Commercialize and Supply Henlius' novel anti-PD-1 mAb HANSIZHUANG in MENA
HANSIZHUANG’s coverage footprint includes 22 emerging market countries across Southeast Asia and MENA -
KGbio to develop and commercialise HANSIZHUANG in 12 MENA countries; Henlius to receive US$7 million upfront payment plus royalties and up to US$8 million in regulatory milestone payments -
Henlius is eligible to receive up to US$650 million upon the achievement of sales milestones in the Southeast Asia and MENA -
Shanghai, China, September 12, 2023 - Shanghai Henlius Biotech, Inc. (2696.HK) has entered into an exclusive license agreement with PT Kalbe Genexine Biologics ("KGbio"), an Indonesian pharmaceutical company and a holding subsidiary to PT Kalbe Farma, Tbk ("Kalbe"), for the development and commercialisation of HANSIZHUANG (serplulimab injection) as a treatment for two indications including ES-SCLC, Henlius’ novel anti-PD-1 mAb, in 12 Middle East and North African (MENA) countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, etc. In 2019, Henlius reached a collaboration agreement with KGbio, upon which KGbio is granted exclusive rights to develop and commercialize HANSIZHUANG in certain therapies in 10 ASEAN member countries.
Under the terms of the agreement, Henlius will be responsible for manufacturing and supply and will receive a US$7 million upfront payment, up to US$8 million in regulatory milestones, and royalties from KGbio ranging from 15% to 20% of net sales of HANSIZHUANG in the licensed MENA territory. Henlius will also be eligible to receive up to US$650 million upon the achievement of sales milestones in the licensed 22 countries in Southeast Asia and MENA.
“HANSIZHUANG is the first and only anti-PD-1 therapy approved for first-line treatment of small cell lung cancer. More than 30,000 Chinese patients have benefited from its excellent efficacy. We are excited to join forces with KGbio in MENA after the license granted in Southeast Asia,” said Jason Zhu, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Financial Officer of Henlius. “Our aim is to continue supporting and improving the treatment outcomes and quality of life for local patients. Through KGbio's commercial network and operational capabilities in MENA, we firmly believe that HANSIZHUANG will bring new hope and health to patients in Southeast Asia and MENA.”
Ms. Ping Cao, Chief Business Officer, and VP of Business Development of Henlius, said, “The collaboration between Henlius and KGbio since 2019 was driven by a shared vision and mission and has opened a vast potential market for HANSIZHUANG in Southeast Asia. In the past 4 years, both parties have demonstrated a high level of synergistic effect driven by shared objectives. It has laid a strong foundation for our continued collaboration and I'm confident that together, we will continue to achieve more success in MENA.”
“We welcome the collaboration between KGbio and Henlius. With KGbio's network and operational capabilities in the Middle East and North Africa, this collaboration is an effort for the two companies to develop the products, especially for innovative biological products,” said Sie Djohan, President Director of KGbio, who is also the Director of Kalbe, KGbio's holding company.
The company's first innovative product, HANSIZHUANG (serplulimab), was approved in China in March 2022. At present, HANSIZHUANG has been approved for 3 indications in China including MSI-H solid tumour, squamous non-small cell lung cancer (sqNSCLC) and extensive stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). With its breakthrough efficacy and differentiation advantages in the relevant treatment fields, HANSIZHUANG has earned wide recognitions and its pivotal clinical research results have been published in leading medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Its synergy with in-house products of the company and innovative therapies are being actively promoted and over 10 clinical trials on immuno-oncology combination therapies are in progress in a wide variety of indications, such as lung cancer, esophageal carcinoma, gastric cancer, etc., covering full range of first-line treatments of lung cancers. As of now, the company has enrolled more than 3,600 subjects globally, and the proportion of White is over 30% in two multi-regional clinical trials (MRCTs). Its global clinical trial data will further support marketing applications in global markets and lay a foundation for clinical application all over the world in the future.
In the future, the two companies will fully leverage their respective resources and advantages to promote the commercialisation of HANSIZHUANG in Southeast Asia and MENA. It is anticipated that this will enhance HANSIZHUANG's accessibility in emerging markets and bring high-quality, affordable, and innovative medicines to more patients.