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Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals and Huadong Medicine Announce Strategic Collaboration

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of assets designed to modulate immunological pathways across a spectrum of diseases, and Hangzhou Zhongmei Huadong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huadong Medicine Co., Ltd. (Huadong Medicine), today announced a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize Kiniksa’s ARCALYST® and mavrilimumab in the Asia Pacific Region.

“This collaboration aims to bring Kiniksa’s therapeutics to patients in the Asia Pacific Region suffering from severe autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. With extensive regional experience, proven development and regulatory execution, and deep relationships with a broad network of hospitals and clinics, Huadong Medicine is an ideal partner to help drive value,” said Sanj K. Patel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kiniksa. “The collaboration also provides non-dilutive capital, cost-sharing, and resources for clinical trials to accelerate our drug development and commercialization efforts.”

“Kiniksa is an emerging leader in the development of immune-modulating therapies, for which there is significant unmet need across the Asia Pacific Region,” said Liang Lv, Chairman and CEO of Huadong Medicine. “In addition to ARCALYST, the first and only FDA-approved treatment for recurrent pericarditis, the compelling clinical data generated to-date for mavrilimumab provide foundational support for development across a range of underserved diseases. We look forward to working closely with Kiniksa to leverage our clinical, regulatory, and commercial capabilities in the Asia Pacific Region.”

Under the terms of the collaboration, Kiniksa will receive $22 million upfront and is eligible to receive up to approximately $640 million in specified development, regulatory and sales-based milestones. Kiniksa is also eligible to receive tiered royalties ranging from the low-teens to the low-twenties on annual net sales. Huadong Medicine will obtain exclusive rights and responsibility for the development and commercialization of ARCALYST and mavrilimumab in the Asia Pacific Region including Greater China, South Korea, Australia, and 18 other countries, but excluding Japan. Kiniksa will otherwise retain all existing development and commercialization rights for both assets.

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