GlobeNewswire

Athersys Announces Expansion of Collaboration With Healios

Dela

Healios receives rights to develop and commercialize additional indications and Athersys receives $20 million in license fees, plus potential milestones payments and royalties  

Discussions extended for China and other rights

CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHX) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with HEALIOS K.K. ("Healios") to expand their collaboration into additional therapeutic areas. Under the terms of the agreements, Healios obtained exclusive licenses for the development and commercialization in Japan of MultiStem® therapy for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome ("ARDS") and of MultiStem cells used in combination with iPSC-derived cells for the treatment of certain organs. Healios also received an exclusive global license to develop and commercialize MultiStem cells, either as a standalone therapy or in combination with retinal pigmented epithelial ("RPE") cells for certain ophthalmological indications, and an expansion of its license to use Athersys technology to support its organ bud programs to include other transplantation areas. In exchange, Athersys receives $20 million in license fees, comprising $10 million paid from an escrow account established with the letter of intent signed in March 2018 and four installments of $2.5 million each to be paid in this and the next three quarters.

As part of the agreement, Athersys may also receive up to approximately $360 million in aggregate development and commercialization milestones for the licensed programs, as well as tiered double-digit royalties on MultiStem therapies developed for ARDS, and single-digit royalties for other licensed products. Under the terms of the agreement, Healios will also receive a credit of $10 million to be used against certain future development milestones and a right of first negotiation to broaden the field and territory related to MultiStem cells used in combination with iPSC-derived cells.

Also as part of the agreement, Healios has been granted a right of first negotiation regarding an exclusive option for a license to develop and commercialize MultiStem therapy for certain indications in China, and the potential inclusion of an additional indication to the Japan license.

"We are excited about completing this collaboration expansion with Healios," commented Dr. Gil Van Bokkelen, Chairman and CEO of Athersys. "It creates exciting opportunities in meaningful therapeutic areas where there is substantial unmet medical need and tangible value for both companies, building off of the work already conducted by Athersys in certain areas, including ARDS."

In association with Healios' recent equity investment and the expanded collaboration, Dr. Hardy Kagimoto, CEO of Healios, has been nominated for election to the Athersys Board of Directors at the next scheduled annual stockholders' meeting on June 18, 2018.

About MultiStem®

MultiStem® cell therapy is a patented regenerative medicine product in clinical development that has shown the ability to promote tissue repair and healing in a variety of ways, such as through the production of therapeutic factors produced in response to signals of inflammation and tissue damage.  MultiStem therapy's potential for multidimensional therapeutic impact distinguishes it from traditional biopharmaceutical therapies focused on a single mechanism of benefit. The therapy represents a unique "off-the-shelf" stem cell product that can be manufactured in a scalable manner, may be stored for years in frozen form, and is administered without tissue matching or the need for immune suppression. Based upon its efficacy profile, its novel mechanisms of action, and a favorable and consistent safety profile demonstrated in clinical studies, MultiStem therapy could provide a meaningful benefit to patients, including those suffering from serious diseases and conditions with unmet medical need.

About Athersys

Athersys is an international biotechnology company engaged in the development of therapeutic products designed to extend and enhance the quality of human life. The Company is developing its MultiStem® cell therapy product, a patented, adult-derived "off-the-shelf" stem cell product, initially for disease indications in the neurological, cardiovascular, and inflammatory and immune disease areas, and has several ongoing clinical trials evaluating this potential regenerative medicine product. Athersys has forged strategic partnerships and a broad network of collaborations to further advance MultiStem cell therapy toward commercialization. More information is available at www.athersys.com. Follow Athersys on Twitter at www.twitter.com/athersys.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the expected timetable for development of our product candidates, our growth strategy, and our future financial performance, including our operations, economic performance, financial condition, prospects, and other future events. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by using such words as "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "should," "suggest," "will," or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and are largely based on our current expectations. A number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors could affect the accuracy of these statements. Some of the more significant known risks that we face that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by forward-looking statements are the risks and uncertainties inherent in the process of discovering, developing, and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, such as the uncertainty regarding regulatory approval and market acceptance of our product candidates and our ability to generate revenues, including MultiStem for the treatment of ischemic stroke, acute myocardial infarction, spinal cord injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome and other disease indications, including graft-versus-host disease. These risks may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Other important factors to consider in evaluating our forward-looking statements include: our ability to work with Healios to reach an agreement on an option for China; the success of our collaboration with Healios and others, including our ability to reach milestones and receive milestone payments, and whether any products are successfully developed and sold so that we earn royalty payments; our possible inability to realize commercially valuable discoveries in our collaborations with pharmaceutical and other biotechnology companies; our collaborators' ability to continue to fulfill their obligations under the terms of our collaboration agreements; the success of our efforts to enter into new strategic partnerships or collaborations and advance our programs; our ability to raise additional capital; results from our MultiStem clinical trials, including the MASTERS-2 Phase 3 clinical trial and the TREASURE trial in Japan; the possibility of delays in, adverse results of, and excessive costs of the development process; our ability to successfully initiate and complete clinical trials within the expected time frame or at all; changes in external market factors; changes in our industry's overall performance; changes in our business strategy; our ability to protect our intellectual property portfolio; our possible inability to execute our strategy due to changes in our industry or the economy generally; changes in productivity and reliability of suppliers; and the success of our competitors and the emergence of new competitors. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

ATHX-G

Contact:

William (B.J.) Lehmann
President and Chief Operating Officer
Tel: (216) 431-9900
bjlehmann@athersys.com 

Karen Hunady 
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Tel: (216) 431-9900
khunady@athersys.com 

David Schull
Russo Partners, LLC
Tel: (212) 845-4271 or (858) 717-2310
David.schull@russopartnersllc.com




This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Athersys, Inc. via Globenewswire

Om

GlobeNewswire



Följ GlobeNewswire

Abonnera på våra pressmeddelanden. Endast mejladress behövs och den används bara här. Du kan avanmäla dig när som helst.

Senaste pressmeddelandena från GlobeNewswire

Karolinska Development delays publication of its Annual Report for 2018 and changes date for the Annual General Meeting26.4.2019 08:00:00 CESTPressmeddelande

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - 26 April 2019. Karolinska Development AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: KDEV) announces today that The Board of Directors has decided to delay the publication of its Annual Report for 2018. Karolinska Development has changed the date for the Annual General Meeting to June 26, 2019. The date for publication of the Annual Report for 2018 has been changed from April 26 to April 30, 2019. Karolinska Development has changed the date for the Annual General Meeting from June 4 to June 26, 2019. Notice to the Annual General Meeting will be published in a separate press release. For more information, please contact: Viktor Drvota, CEO, Karolinska Development AB Phone: +46 73 982 52 02, e-mail: viktor.drvota@karolinskadevelopment.com Fredrik Järrsten, CFO, Karolinska Development AB Phone: +46 70 496 46 28, e-mail: fredrik.jarrsten@karolinskadevelopment.com TO THE EDITORS About Karolinska Development AB Karolinska Development AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: KDEV) is a Nordic life sciences investmen

Karolinska Development senarelägger publicering av årsredovisningen för 2018 och meddelar nytt datum för årsstämma26.4.2019 08:00:00 CESTPressmeddelande

STOCKHOLM, SVERIGE - 26 april 2019. Karolinska Development AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: KDEV) meddelar idag att styrelsen har beslutat att senarelägga publiceringen av årsredovisningen för 2018. Karolinska Development har ändrat datum för årsstämman till den 26 juni 2019. Publiceringen av årsredovisningen för 2018 flyttas från den 26 april till den 30 april 2019. Karolinska Development har ändrat datum för årsstämman från den 4 juni till den 26 juni 2019. Kallelse till årsstämman kommer att publiceras senare i ett separat pressmeddelande. För ytterligare information, vänligen kontakta: Viktor Drvota, vd, Karolinska Development AB Tel: +46 73 982 52 02, e-mail: viktor.drvota@karolinskadevelopment.com Fredrik Järrsten, finanschef, Karolinska Development AB Tel: +46 70 496 46 28, e-mail: fredrik.jarrsten@karolinskadevelopment.com TILL REDAKTÖRERNA Om Karolinska Development AB Karolinska Development AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: KDEV) är ett nordiskt investmentbolag inom life science. Bolaget fokuserar p

Karolinska Developments portföljbolag Aprea Therapeutics har fått särläkemedelsstatus och snabbspårstatus från FDA för APR-24616.4.2019 12:46:00 CESTPressmeddelande

STOCKHOLM, SVERIGE - 16 april 2019. Karolinska Development AB meddelar idag att portföljbolaget Aprea Therapeutics har av FDA fått särläkemedelsstatus för APR-246 för behandling av patienter med TP53-muterad myelodysplastiskt syndrom (MDS). Dessutom ger FDA bolaget snabbspårstatus (Fast Track Designation), för APR-246 för behandling av MDS. Amerikanska läkemedelsverket, FDA, ger särläkemedelsstatus till läkemedelskandidater för att snabba på utvärderingen och utvecklingen av säkra och effektiva behandlingar av ovanliga sjukdomar. Särläkemedelsstatus ger företag både regulatoriska och kommersiella incitament genom att läkemedlet får marknadsexklusivitet på den amerikanska marknaden i sju år efter marknadsgodkännande samtidigt som företaget får stöd från FDA när det gäller designen av kliniska prövningar, skatteförmåner för kostnader kopplade till kliniska prövningar och avgiftsbefrielse från FDA. FDA:s snabbspår underlättar utvecklingen av läkemedel som är avsedda för att behandla allva

Karolinska Development's portfolio company Aprea Therapeutics has received FDA Orphan Drug Designation and Fast Track Designation for APR-24616.4.2019 12:46:00 CESTPressmeddelande

STOCKHOLM, April 16, 2019. Karolinska Development's portfolio company Aprea Therapeutics has from FDA received an Orphan Drug Designation for APR-246 for the treatment of patients with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) having a TP53 mutation. In addition, FDA has also granted Fast Track Designation to APR-246 for treatment of MDS. Orphan Drug Designation is granted by the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development to advance the evaluation and development of safe and effective therapies for the treatment of rare diseases. The designation can provide development and commercial incentives for designated compounds and medicines, including eligibility for a seven-year period of market exclusivity in the U.S. after product approval, FDA assistance in clinical trial design, tax credits related to clinical trial expenses, and an exemption from FDA user fees. The FDA's Fast Track program facilitates the development of drugs intended to treat serious conditions and that have the potential to addre

Bergman & Beving AB: Bergman & Beving förvärvar KGC10.4.2019 14:00:00 CESTPressmeddelande

Pressmeddelande Bergman & Beving förvärvar KGC Bergman & Beving har idag tecknat avtal om förvärv av samtliga aktier i KGC Verktyg & Maskiner AB. KGC, med säte i Älvsjö, har i mer än 60 år utvecklat och levererat kvalitetsverktyg och tillbehör för murning och plattsättning i det egna varumärket KGC. Bolaget omsätter cirka 80 MSEK per år, och har 24 anställda. "KGC är ett ledande varumärke med högt anseende hos murare och plattsättare och har en mycket stark ställning på den svenska marknaden", säger Pontus Boman, VD och koncernchef. Tillträde beräknas ske den 1 maj 2019 och förvärvet bedöms ha en marginellt positiv påverkan på Bergman & Bevings resultat per aktie under innevarande räkenskapsår. Stockholm den 10 april 2019 Bergman & Beving AB (publ) För ytterligare information kontakta: Pontus Boman, VD & Koncernchef, telefon 010-454 77 00 Peter Schön, CFO, telefon 070-339 89 99 Denna information lämnades, genom ovanstående kontaktpersoners försorg, för offentliggörande den 10 april 201

Bergman & Beving AB: Bergman & Beving acquires KGC10.4.2019 14:00:00 CESTPressmeddelande

Press release Bergman & Beving acquires KGC Bergman & Beving has today signed an agreement to acquire all shares in KGC Verktyg & Maskiner AB. KGC, based in Älvsjö, has for more than 60 years developed and delivered quality tools and accessories for bricklayers and tilers in its own brand KGC. The business has a turnover of approximately SEK 80 million per year, and has 24 employees. "KGC is a leading brand with high reputation among bricklayers and tilers and has a very strong position in the Swedish market," says Pontus Boman, President and CEO. The closing is taking effect on 1 May 2019 and the acquisition is expected to have a marginal positive impact on Bergman & Beving's earnings per share during the current fiscal year. Stockholm, 10 April 2019 Bergman & Beving AB (publ) For further information, please contact: Pontus Boman, President & CEO, Tel: +46 10 454 77 00 Peter Schön, CFO, Tel: +46 70 339 89 99 The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the cont

I vårt pressrum kan du läsa de senaste pressmeddelandena, få tillgång till pressmaterial och hitta kontaktinformation.

Besök vårt pressrum