Immtech Pharmaceuticals, Inc has granted an exclusive license to BioAlliance Pharma SA to commercialize Immtech's oral drug, pafuramidine maleate (pafuramidine), in Europe for the treatment of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in AIDS patients and for the treatment of Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness.
Immtech Pharmaceuticals, Inc has granted an exclusive license to BioAlliance Pharma SA to commercialize Immtech's oral drug, pafuramidine maleate (pafuramidine), in Europe for the treatment of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in AIDS patients and for the treatment of Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness. Pafuramidine is currently in Phase III clinical trials for these two indications. Immtech also granted to BioAlliance an option to commercialize pafuramidine in Europe for prevention and treatment of malaria in travelers.
Pursuant to the agreement, Immtech will receive an initial payment of $3 million from BioAlliance. An additional $13 million will be paid to Immtech as pafuramidine advances through European regulatory approval and pricing. Immtech will also receive additional payments based on sales milestones and significant double-digit royalties on sales. BioAlliance has an option to commercialize pafuramidine for malaria prophylaxis in Europe, and BioAlliance would contribute to funding clinical development costs. Additional regulatory, pricing, and sales milestone payments to Immtech and royalty payments based on sales would also be paid by BioAlliance.
Immtech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on developing and commercializing drugs to treat infectious diseases. Immtech has advanced clinical programs that include new oral treatments for pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), malaria, and trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), and a well defined, expanding library of compounds targeting hepatitis C, fungal infections, and bacterial infections. Immtech holds exclusive worldwide licenses to certain patents, patent applications and technology for products derived from a proprietary pharmaceutical platform.
PCP is a deadly fungal infection of the lungs and the most common opportunistic infection in people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It also affects people with severely compromised immune systems due to cancer or immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., chemotherapy or following organ transplantation).
Current treatment options for PCP include Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), primaquine plus clindamycin, trimetrexate (with or without dapsone) plus leucovorin, atovaquone, and pentamidine. The adverse events associated with currently available treatment options for PCP leads to between 20-57% of all patients being switched to better tolerated regimens during their course of care.
The development of pafuramidine for the treatment of PCP was sponsored in part by a National Cooperative Drug Discovery Groups grant from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pafuramidine was initially synthesized at Georgia State University, which is a member of Immtech's Scientific Consortium.
BioAlliance Pharma SA is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of opportunistic infections in cancer and HIV. The company develops and commercializes innovative products which address resistance issues. The company has launched its first portfolio product (Loramyc®) in France, which is currently in Phase III clinical development in oropharyngeal candidiasis in the USA. In addition, two other innovative products are currently in phase III clinical trials: acyclovir Lauriad® in oral herpes (based on the same Lauriad® muco-adhesive technology as Loramyc®, which enables targeted release at the disease site) and doxorubicin Transdrug® in primary liver cancer (based on the Transdrug® nanoparticle technology, designed specifically for intracellular targeting of resistant cells).