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Hanmi Pharmaceutical Bags 1 Trillion Won License Deal with Janssen
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Hanmi Pharmaceutical Bags 1 Trillion Won License Deal with Janssen
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • November 10, 2015, 01:15
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Hanmi Pharmaceutical's headquarters building in Songpa-gu, Seoul.
Hanmi Pharmaceutical's headquarters building in Songpa-gu, Seoul.


South Korean pharmaceutical company Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co., which recorded the largest license deals for a South Korean pharmaceutical firm ever with some 5 trillion won (US$4.31 billion) of technology transfers, exported its new medicine technology to a global pharmaceutical company at some 1 trillion won (US$862.81 million) once again.

The company officially announced on Nov. 9 that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Janssen) for the development and commercialization of its new oxyntomodulin-based diabetes-obesity drug, including Hanmi’s HM12525A (LAPSGLP/GCG), at the price of US$915 million (1 trillion won).

Under the agreement, Hanmi will receive an upfront payment of US$105 million (116 billion won) and is also eligible for US$810 million (930 billion won) in development, registration and sales milestones, as well as double-digit royalties on sales.

Beligium-based Janssen will obtain exclusive worldwide rights, except Korea and China, to develop and commercialize HM12525A.

On Nov. 5, the South Korean drug maker reached a landmark license deal with France-based Sanofi, estimated at 5 trillion won (US4.31 billion), to develop “Quantum Project,” a portfolio of experimental, long-acting diabetes treatments. The company made the 1 trillion won (US$862.81 million) deal in four days after this contract again.

HM12525A is a novel dual receptor that activates GLP-1, which helps secreting insulin and suppressing appetite, and Glucagon, which improves metabolism, at the same time. The new drug is intended to be a once-a-week injection for weight loss in obese patients and blood glucose control in some diabetic patients, based on Hanmi’s Long Acting Protein/Peptide Discovery (LAPSCOVERY) platform that extends a half-life for longer medicinal effects.