Xencor, Zenas BioPharma | November 22, 2021
Xencor, Inc. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies and cytokines for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases, and Zenas BioPharma (“Zenas”), a global biopharmaceutical company based in the USA and China committed to the development and delivery of immune-based therapies, today announced that Zenas has acquired from Xencor exclusive worldwide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize the investigational antibody obexelimab.
Obexelimab is a potential first-in-class bifunctional antibody that targets CD19 with its variable domain and uses Xencor's XmAb® Immune Inhibitor Fc Domain to target FcγRIIb, a receptor that inhibits the function of B-cells, which are important components in the immune system. Xencor demonstrated through early-stage clinical studies that obexelimab effectively inhibits B-cell function without depleting the cells and generates an encouraging treatment effect in patients with multiple autoimmune diseases.
“Zenas is advancing a broad pipeline of differentiated drug candidates that are intended to bring best-in-class innovation to patients with underserved medical needs. Today, we are pleased to add obexelimab to our portfolio, and based on its clinical profile, we believe it is positioned as a first-in-class candidate with the potential to treat numerous autoimmune diseases.”
Hua Mu, Ph.D., MD, president and chief executive officer at Zenas
“Obexelimab’s highly potent and broad blockade of B-cell activation—without depleting B cells—differentiates it from other B-cell targeting therapies, and it has demonstrated disease-modifying activity in settings where B-cell inhibition is a proven strategy,” said Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Xencor. “In Zenas BioPharma, we have found a partner committed to broadly and aggressively developing therapeutics like obexelimab for patients with autoimmune diseases, enabling Xencor’s continued focus on the growing opportunities provided by our XmAb bispecific antibody and cytokine pipeline.”
Under the terms of the new agreement, Zenas will issue to Xencor a warrant giving Xencor the right to acquire additional Zenas equity, such that Xencor’s total equity in Zenas would be 15% of its fully diluted capitalization following the closing of Zenas’ next round of equity financing, subject to certain requirements. Xencor previously received equity in Zenas under a separate license agreement. Xencor is also eligible to receive up to $480 million based on the achievement of certain clinical development, regulatory and commercialization milestones and is eligible to receive tiered, mid-single digit to mid-teen percent royalties upon commercialization of obexelimab, dependent on geography. Zenas will have sole responsibility for advancing the research, development, regulatory and commercial activities of obexelimab worldwide.
About Xencor, Inc.
Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies and cytokines for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. Currently, 22 candidates engineered with Xencor's XmAb® technology are in clinical development internally and with partners. Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering technology enables small changes to the structure of proteins resulting in new mechanisms of therapeutic action.
About Zenas BioPharma
Zenas BioPharma is a global biopharmaceutical company based in the USA and China committed to becoming a leader in the development and delivery of immune-based therapies for patients in the US, China and around the world. Zenas is rapidly advancing a deep pipeline of innovative therapeutics that continues to grow through our successful business development strategy. Our experienced leadership team and network of business partners drive operational excellence to deliver potentially transformative therapies to improve the lives of those facing autoimmune and rare diseases.
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Nanoform, Celanese | May 26, 2021
Nanoform Finland Plc, an innovative nanoparticle medicine enabling company, and Celanese Corporation, a global specialty materials company, announced today plans to investigate potential synergies in the field of nanoparticle-enabled drug delivery.
The objective of this research is to determine the utility of combining Nanoform's nanoparticle platform technologies with Celanese's VitalDose® EVA copolymer delivery technology for drug-eluting implants. The objectives are to enable the development of next-generation drug delivery systems that can handle an increased drug load and have better-sustained release properties. Nanoform and Celanese intend to collaborate on formulation development, using each company's formulation expertise.
"We are excited to announce our collaboration with Celanese. One of Nanoform's primary goals is to allow next-generation drug therapies through the use of our nanoparticles. Given the inherent difficulty in loading an adequate amount of drug into many medical devices, we see a huge opportunity in employing our nanoparticles to overcome this fundamental challenge. We are excited about the potential to use the combination of these two technologies to provide new therapies to patients "said Nanoform CEO Edward Hggström.
"Celanese has a good track record of developing drug-eluting implants for women's health, ophthalmology, and central nervous system disorders by integrating our VitalDose® EVA copolymer delivery technology with proteins, peptides, and small molecules. Exploring Nanoform's nanoparticle technologies offers up new possibilities for enhancing formulation performance with existing products and enabling future products. We are excited to collaborate with Nanoform and hope that our efforts will result in innovations that will benefit patients "Laura Brand, Celanese Vice President of Medical & Pharmaceuticals, said.