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Destiny Pharma plc
(“Destiny Pharma” or “the Company”)
Destiny Pharma Announces Regional Framework Development and Commercialisation Agreement with China Medical Systems
Brighton, United Kingdom – 4 September 2017 – Destiny Pharma (AIM: DEST), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel anti-microbial drugs, which address the global problem of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) , is pleased to announce it has entered into a framework development and commercialisation collaboration agreement with China Medical System Holdings Ltd (“CMS”) (867:HK).
Destiny Pharma has entered into a binding framework agreement detailing the collaboration with a wholly-owned subsidiary of CMS who will get full rights in China and certain other Asian countries (excluding Japan) to enable the development and commercialisation of Destiny Pharma’s pipeline in the region. Under the collaboration, CMS will make a £3 million equity investment on the finalisation of the detailed agreement under which the parties will agree to work together in the further research and development of the Destiny Pharma anti-infective portfolio. It is planned that the parties will coordinate and share data from their respective studies and Destiny Pharma will benefit from the investment CMS will make in the assets’ development in China. Once formalised, Destiny Pharma will also be able to receive future milestones based on the achievement of sales targets by CMS and may also make a manufacturing margin on any product Destiny Pharma supplies. In addition, A&B (HK) Company Ltd (“A&B”), a company with a controlling shareholder in common with CMS, has invested £3 million in a placing of new ordinary shares in Destiny Pharma, announced today, that raised gross proceeds of £15.3m (see separate announcement).
Neil Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Destiny Pharma, commented:
“We are pleased to announce this framework agreement with a large, expert company such as China Medical Systems. Such collaborations are in line with our strategy and confirm the potential in our pipeline. We anticipate that this partnership will accelerate the development of assets from our proprietary XF drug platform in China and certain other Asian markets whilst permitting Destiny Pharma to retain its focus on its key target markets in the US and the EU.”
Mr Lam Kong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMS, said:
“We are pleased at the opportunity to work with Destiny Pharma, coordinating and sharing the data that we both generate. Our equity investment in the Company underpins our commitment to this partnership. We look forward to collaborating closely.”
For further information, please contact:
Neil Clark, CEO
Simon Sacerdoti, CFO
+44 (0)1273 704 440
Simon Conway / Victoria Foster Mitchell / Hanna Skeppner
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe
Philip Davies / Will Goode, Corporate Finance
+44 (0)20 7894 8337
About Destiny Pharma
Destiny Pharma is an established, clinical stage, innovative biotechnology company focused on the development of novel medicines that represent a new approach to the treatment of infectious disease. These potential new medicines are being developed to address the need for new drugs for the prevention and treatment of life-threatening infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as “superbugs”. Tackling anti-microbial resistance has become a global imperative recognised by the WHO and the United Nations, as well as the G7 and the G20 countries. For further information, please visit https://www.destinypharma.com
About China Medical System Holdings Limited
CMS is a specialty pharmaceutical company based in China, focusing on marketing, promotion and sales of prescription drugs and other medicinal products to all therapeutic departments in hospitals nation-wide. CMS builds up its product portfolio for its target markets by asset acquisition, equity investment, licensing-in and distribution partnership on the global basis as well as in-house R&D. It is publicly traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (867.HK) with a market capitalisation of approximately HK$35.82 billion (c. £3.5 billion) as at 31 August 2017.
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