HanAll Biopharma and Daewoong Pharmaceutical will co-develop NurrOn Pharmaceuticals' novel investigational compounds, including its lead asset ATH-399A, targeting Nurr1 for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), as well as other neurodegenerative disorders
Phase 1 clinical trial is expected to be initiated in 2023
HanAll Biopharma Co., Ltd. (KRX: 009420.KS) and Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (KRX: 069620.KS) announced that they have entered into a co-development agreement with NurrOn Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Boston-based preclinical-stage biopharma. NurrOn is focused on the discovering and developing novel therapies for people with neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD) by targeting Nurr1, the master regulator for dopaminergic neuron development and maintenance. HanAll and Daewoong also participated in a Series A funding of NurrOn in 2021.
NurrOn was founded by Kwang-Soo Kim, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the molecular neurobiology laboratory at Harvard Medical School, and Deog Joong Kim, Ph.D. and was seed-funded by George A. Lopez, M.D., former CEO of ICU Medical, Inc. Using the technology, NurrOn is advancing the development of its lead compound ATH-399A, which potentially slows the progression of the disease in PD patients by activating Nurr1, a class of proteins crucial to the development and maintenance of dopamine in the brain.
Under the agreement, the companies will combine their expertise and resources in developing NurrOn's ATH-399A as well as other compounds targeting Nurr1 for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.
"We are excited to move into the next phase of collaboration with NurrOn continuing to build on the partnership which was originally established in 2021. This partnership would allow us to join our resources and expertise in developing new medicines for patients with PD worldwide," said Sean Jeong, M.D., MBA, CEO of HanAll Biopharma.
"NurrOn has completed the preclinical development of ATH-399A and plans to enter a Phase 1 clinical trial this year. We expect great synergy through the joint collaboration between NurrOn, HanAll Biopharma and Daewoong Pharmaceuticals, especially given their great clinical development expertise." said Deog Joong Kim, Ph.D., CEO of NurrOn Pharmaceuticals.
In addition to proceeding towards a Phase 1 trial of its Parkinson's therapy candidate ATH-399A, the partners will continue to explore the potential of ATH-399A in other neurodegenerative diseases.
About HanAll Biopharma Co., Ltd.
HanAll Biopharma (KRX: 009420.KS) is a global biopharmaceutical company founded in 1973, with a mission of making meaningful contributions to patients' lives by introducing innovative, impactful therapies to address severe unmet medical needs. HanAll has been operating a portfolio of pharmaceutical products in areas ranging from endocrine, circulatory, and urologic diseases for more than 50 years.
HanAll has also expanded its focus to oncology, immunology, neurology and ophthalmology to discover and develop innovative medicines for patients with diseases for which there are no effective treatments. Its lead pipeline asset, HL161 (INN: batoclimab), an anti-FcRn antibody, is being developed in Phase 3 and Phase 2 trials across the world for the treatment of autoimmune diseases including myasthenia gravis (MG), thyroid eye disease (TED), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and Graves' disease (GD). Another main asset, HL036 (INN: tanfanercept), a TNF-alpha inhibitor protein, is being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical trials in the US and China for the treatment of dry eye disease.
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About Daewoong Pharmaceutical. Co., Ltd.
Established in 1945, Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a leading South Korean pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes pharmaceuticals for both domestic and international markets. With a strong and innovative in-house R&D and advanced manufacturing facilities, Daewoong provides a total healthcare solution to customers across the globe. Continuing on their course of building a strong global healthcare company, Daewoong has broadened international operations by establishing branch offices and research centers throughout Asia and the United States. Daewoong has also expanded strategic partnerships in more than 100 countries worldwide.
In 2022, Daewoong expanded its global market presence by entering into a license agreement worth USD 923 million, which granted permission for the use of Fexuclue, a medicine licensed for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, in the Philippines and Ecuador within the first year of its launch. Additionally, Daewoong successfully launched Envlo, the first-ever sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor for the treatment of diabetes to be developed in Korea, and signed an export contract worth USD 84.36 million with Brazil and Mexico.
For further information on Daewoong Pharmaceutical, please visit our official website.
About NurrOn Pharmaceuticals Inc.
NurrOn Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a preclinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing novel, targeted therapeutics for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) and other Nurr1-related incurable human disorders.
Through targeting Nurr1, the master regulator for dopaminergic neuron development and maintenance, we aim to develop a paradigm changing PD treatment to improve patients' quality of life. While currently there are only symptomatic treatment options for patients with PD, there have not been any successful therapies to slow or prevent the progression of the disease. We believe that disease-modifying therapies will be achieved through targeting Nurr1, which has generated supportive data as a new druggable PD target. NurrOn was recently awarded as substantial grant from Michael J. Fox Foundation in support of the Phase 1 clinical trial of ATH-399A, scheduled to initiate in 2023.
Source: NurrOn Pharmaceuticals
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