Simcere Pharmaceuticals Group’s Strategic Collaboration on Multiple Bispecific Antibodies

Ropes & Gray advised Simcere Pharmaceutical Group in a strategic collaboration with Netherlands-based Merus to obtain an exclusive license to develop and commercialize in China three bispecific antibodies using Merus’ Biclonics technology platform in immunooncology.

Under terms of the agreement, Merus will lead research and discovery while Simcere will be responsible for the Investigational New Drug enabling studies, clinical development, regulatory filings and commercialization of the products in China. Simcere will also be responsible for the IND studies and manufacturing of clinical trial materials in China, which will be used to assist regulatory filing and early stage clinical development for Merus in the rest of the world.

Simcere Pharmaceutical Group engages in the research, development, manufacture, and distribution of pharmaceutical and vaccine products for pharmaceutical distributors and government in the People’s Republic of China. The company, led by Hongquan Liu, Jinsheng Ren, Yushan Wan, Yehong Zhang and Jindong Zhou, is based in Nanjing.

Merus will be eligible to receive upfront, milestone payments contingent upon Simcere achieving certain specified development and commercial goals, and tiered royalty payments on sales in China from Simcere. Simcere will be eligible to receive tiered royalty payments on sales outside of China from Merus. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

The Ropes & Gray team included intellectual property transactions and managing partner Geoffrey Lin (Picture) and IP transactions counsel David Chen (both of Shanghai).

Involved fees earner: Geoffrey Lin – Ropes & Gray; David Chen – Ropes & Gray;

Law Firms: Ropes & Gray;

Clients: Simcere Pharmaceutical Group ;

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Author: Michael Patrini