PharmaMar Announces License Agreement with Specialised Therapeutics Australia Pty for APLIDIN® (plitidepsin) in Oncology

Aug 20, 2015, 08:30 ET from PharmaMar

MADRID, August 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

PharmaMar has entered into an exclusive license and commercialization agreement with the pharmaceutical company Specialised Therapeutics Australia Pty (STA) to market and distribute the drug candidate APLIDIN® (plitidepsin) in Australia and New Zealand. Under the terms of the agreement, PharmaMar will receive an upfront payment, royalties as well as additional remunerations for regulatory and sales milestones achieved by APLIDIN® (plitidepsin). PharmaMar will retain exclusive production rights and will supply the finished product to STA for commercial use in Australia and New Zealand.

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APLIDIN® (plitidepsin) is PharmaMar's second anticancer drug candidate obtained from a marine organism and is currently under development for the treatment of multiple myeloma and a type of T cell lymphoma. The company announced in June that patient recruitment of the international pivotal Phase III trial (ADMYRE) for APLIDIN® (plitidepsin) in refractory/relapsed multiple myeloma was successfully completed[i].

"Our commitment to bringing innovative therapies to all patients continues, and this collaboration with a strong pharmaceutical group in Australia and New Zealand is crucial for the role of the anticancer drug plitidepsin in these two important territories." said José María Fdez. Sousa-Faro, Chairman of PharmaMar.  

About APLIDIN® (plitidepsin) 

Plitidepsin is an investigational anticancer agent of marine origin, originally obtained from the ascidian Aplidium albicans. It specifically binds to the eEF1A2 and targets the non-canonical role of this protein, resulting in tumor cell death via apoptosis (programmed death). Plitidepsin is currently in clinical development for hematological cancers, including a Phase III study in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, a Phase Ib trial in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma as a triple combination of plitidepsin, bortezomib and dexamethasone, and a Phase II study in relapsed or refractory angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Plitidepsin has received orphan drug designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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