Gliknik Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Pfizer Inc. for GL-2045, Gliknik’s recombinant stradomer, a drug candidate that is designed to replace and improve on pooled human intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). GL-2045 has shown promising results in a broad
range of preclinical tests and is being developed as a potential treatment for a wide variety of autoimmune diseases, including those in which IVIG is clinically used.
“GL-2045 is the first of several innovative drug candidates Gliknik is advancing for people with autoimmune diseases and cancer,” said Gliknik CEO David Block. “We selected Pfizer as our partner to progress GL-2045 from among several interested and capable parties because of its exceptional development, manufacturing and commercial capabilities.”
Under the terms of the license agreement, Pfizer will receive an exclusive worldwide license to GL-2045 for all therapeutic indications. Gliknik will receive an upfront payment of $25 million and is eligible to receive development, regulatory and
commercial milestone payments. Gliknik is also eligible to receive tiered, double-digit royalties on net sales of any products that are commercialized pursuant to this license agreement.
“People with certain autoimmune diseases have limited treatment options, difficult regimens and often a poor prognosis,” said Jose Carlos Gutierrez-Ramos, group senior vice president and head of Biotherapeutics R&D at Pfizer. “Pooled IVIG has a long history of use but has a number of limitations. We are pleased to partner with Gliknik on this novel therapeutic approach which may provide an important new option in managing debilitating autoimmune diseases.”
Date: September 30, 2013
Source: Gliknik Inc.