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Chinese In-Licensing Continues to Strengthen

Chinese companies are eager to collaborate with their ex-China counterparts, and in-licensing agreements are out pacing other forms of biotech deal-making in 2013. In fact, the number of in-licensing deals announced so far this year is more than the combined number of 2012 deals in out-licensing, JV/Alliance and M&A, according to BIO’s Industry Analysis research and GBI.

This deal-making momentum bodes well for small and medium-sized biotech companies that have early-stage compounds under development in the West, but lack the bandwidth, capital or regulatory experience to develop them for the Chinese market. The past year has seen a host of Chinese companies in-license compounds from U.S. and European biotech companies across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Notable in-licensing deals over the past year include OmniRat’s licensing deal with WuXi PharmaTech, MediStem and Superview’s deal to develop antibodies that affect stem cells and ArGEN-X’s licensing of a cancer and anti-inflammatory mAb to RuiYi. In early 2013, DYAX licensed Kalbitor®, a treatment for hereditary angioedema, to Lee’s Pharma Subsidiary. And, in April, Hengrui licensed X-Body's ophthalmic therapeutic antibody generated from X-Body’s antibody platform for Age-related Macular Degeneration Antibody (AMD).

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Recent deals involving Chinese companies:


Recent Alliance/Licensing Headlines


Zhejiang Huahai gets exclusive rights to four biosimilars from Oncobiologics (USA)


Hengrui licenses X-Body's ophthalmic therapeutic antibody


Fosun Pharma will sell Saladax's (USA) MyCare cancer assays in China


Lee’s Pharma Subsidiary In-Licenses DYAX Drug (USA)


China’s Grandhope Biotech In-licenses Stem Cell Technology from Orthocell (Australia)


SciClone continues relationship with Sanofi (Europe) surrounding four marketed therapies


Huapont Pharma and Yes Biotech (Canada) to Partner on Psoriasis Ointment


China GrandPharma In-Licenses Acetium Capsules from Biohit (Europe)


Hisun and Celsion enter into development and licensing option agreement


Techpool In-Licenses China Rights to Bone Cancer Drug from Roche (Europe)


Sihuan Pharma In-Licenses Two CCV Products from NeuroVive (Europe)


Hubei Qianjiang Pharma In-licenses Two Drugs from TNI BioTech (USA)


RuiYi In-Licenses Cancer/Anti-Inflammatory mAb from ArGEN-X (Europe)


MediStem and Superview to Develop Antibodies that Affect Stem Cells


WuXi PharmaTech Licenses OMT’s (USA) OmniRat to Aid Biologic Drug Discovery

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