Generex Inks $50 Million Licensing Deal with China Partners on the Cooperative Development of the Ii-Key Vaccine Platform
MIRAMAR, Fla., Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Generex Biotechnology Corporation (www.generex.com) (OTCQB:GNBT) (http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/GNBT/quote) is pleased to announce that the company has closed a $50 million Licensing and Development Agreement with a consortium of partners in China for the Ii-Key vaccine platform technology from Generex subsidiary NuGenerex Immuno-Oncology (NGIO).
Under the terms of the deal, Generex will receive a licensing fee of up to $50 million for the exclusive use of the Ii-Key vaccine platform for infectious disease and cancer in China and its territories. For each product developed using the Ii-Key technology under the platform license, Generex will receive an upfront payment, full funding for product development, regulatory approval, and commercialization in China, a success fee upon product approval, and a royalty to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The agreement incorporates the first Ii-Key platform project for the development and commercialization of the Ii-Key-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccine in China, with a $5 million upfront licensing fee, 100% funding for manufacturing, development and commercial registration, a $20 million success fee for approval Ii-Key- SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in China, and royalty payments for COVID vaccine sales in China with the potential to reach several billion dollars. The Agreement incorporates provisions to advance the development of other Ii-Key vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer under separate contracts that are currently being finalized. The partnering groups have been previously announced as part of the company’s Framework Agreement. Generex is filing an 8K with the SEC, including details on the deal, as well as copies of the final agreements.
“The Ii-Key-SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is designed as a “Complete Vaccine” that has the potential to induce the T-Cell and antibody immune responses in a highly specific manner that can provide protectiveimmunity with long-lasting immunologic memory against SARS-CoV-2 and other pandemic threats like swine flu,” said Richard Purcell, Executive Vice President of R&D for Generex and NuGenerex Immuno-Oncology. “We have a proprietary approach to vaccine development that enables us to understand how our Ii-Key vaccines regulate the proper immune response because of the specificity of our Ii-Key-SARS-CoV-2 epitopes. We are able to generate a detailed immune activation profile of our Ii-Key vaccine candidates by screening blood samples from COVID-19 recovered patients. This unique ex-vivo human study approach enables us to know, prior to even Phase I clinical trials, whether the Ii-Key epitopes will activate CD4+ T helper cell and CD8+ T lymphocytes without activating the detrimental Th2 response that can lead to disease enhancement and the cytokine storm. Further, we can screen the patient samples for antibody binding to our Ii-Key vaccine candidates to ensure that our Ii-Key vaccines contain the appropriate coronavirus epitopes for a Complete Vaccine that activates targeted immune response. We are very happy with our blood screening data to date, as numerous Ii-Key vaccine candidates have been shown to activate the Th1 T-Helper response (as measured by gamma interferon) and the CD8+ response (as measured by Granzyme B) with no indication of Th2 activation (as measured by IL-5). Plus, we have positive antibody binding from patient serum. So, as we move toward the clinic, we already have data to demonstrate the potential for our Ii-Key technology to deliver a safe and targeted vaccine that is designed to limit off-target immune responses that can lead to the complications of COVID-19.”
Generex CEO, Joseph Moscato said, “Our partners in China understand the science and the power of the Ii-Key technology for the regulation of the immune system to develop safe and effective vaccines for infectious disease and cancer, and with this agreement, we cement our partnership to realize the full potential of our Ii-Key vaccine technology. With this partnership, Generex is perfectly positioned in China to deploy the Ii-Key platform as the leading technology for rapid response to emerging infectious diseases. We look forward to working in mutual collaboration with our partners to advance the Ii-Key vaccine development platform.”
Mr. Moscato continued, “This is probably the biggest deal Generex could even imagine and we are all too happy to be partners with these acclaimed institutions to help China and the world alleviate the threat of pandemic infections. Plus, we now have the ability to advance our Ii-Key cancer platform to realize the full potential of Ii-Key immunotherapies to target tumor biomarkers across oncology indications. The Ii-Key-SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is the first product under this Ii-Key platform license, and in the coming days, we will announce agreements for additional Ii-Key vaccine development projects as well as licensing deals for other products from the NuGenerex family of companies.”
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