EDMONTON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Cyplasin Biomedical is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement for a worldwide, exclusive licensing agreement with Arizona-based C-Pharma, Inc. The license gives Cyplasin the rights to the manufacture and commercialization of certain antiviral drugs for the treatment of hepatitis C virus-infected patients. The agreement also licenses the rights for the development of a prophylactic vaccine (called C-Vaxin) for the prevention of chronic hepatitis C disease. While the financial terms of the license have not been disclosed, the agreement calls for standard upfront licensing fees with a low digit royalty. Cyplasin will also fund an R&D contract to develop the C-Vaxin product line.
The antiviral drugs will initially consist of ribavirin in combination with pegylated interferon and with the brand names of C-Virin and C-Pegferon respectively. "We expect to be able to complete the required studies prior to regulatory approval during 2010, with a target of first sales in mid 2011," stated Garth Likes, President and CEO of Cyplasin. He went on to further state, "these two important Hepatitis C therapies are the current standard of care for chronically infected Hepatitis C patients worldwide and will be offered to these patients at generic price points. The market for these two hepatitis C therapies is estimated at over $2 billion per year. As these two products meet their developmental and commercialization milestones, we will look at new product formulations for C- Virin and C-Pegferon as well".
Dr. Joseph Sinkule, President and CEO of C-Pharma stated, "under the terms of the R&D license, we look forward in not only creating revenue generating products in the near term, but also in developing C-Vaxin for the prevention of hepatitis C infection."
The patented C-Vaxin technology was initially developed at the NIH and has undergone several years of development. The vaccine completed successful and important proof of concept in studies with rodents, baboons, and chimpanzees. "C-Vaxin has been one of the only HCV vaccine candidates to protect against HCV infection in the important chimpanzee hepatitis C viral challenge model, and the next step is to complete the preclinical toxicology studies and then rapidly move into human phase I clinical studies," says Dr. Sinkule.
Mr. Likes added, "we are very excited about the license agreement with C-Pharma as it adds to our mission to generate revenues in the near term while at the same time being able to develop novel and patented technologies which address unmet needs.
About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a major global public health problem. It is estimated that about 4% of the world's population are chronically infected with HCV. Chronic HCV infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and cancer. HCV infection is the leading cause of liver transplantation in the USA.
The current gold standard of therapy, pegylated interferon-alpha in combination with ribavirin, significantly improves response rates in chronically-infected patients but does not provide a cure. The development of a long sought vaccine to prevent infection would represent a major milestone in the management of this disease.
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For further information: For further information: Garth Likes, President/CEO, Unit 131 Advanced Technology Center, 9650-20th ave, Edmonton, Alberta, (780) 990-4539, email@example.com