Pharma Focus Asia

Teijin Pharma and TransThera Biosciences Form Strategic R&D Collaboration

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Teijin Pharma Limited ("Teijin Pharma"), the core company of the Teijin Group's healthcare business headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and TransThera Biosciences Co. Ltd. ("TransThera"), a clinical-stage biotechnology company based in Nanjing, China, jointly announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement for joint research and development of the innovative drugs in the target fields of oncology and inflammatory diseases.

Teijin Pharma and TransThera will establish a joint drug discovery collaboration of multiple drug targets with the immediate goal of acquiring compounds as candidates for new drug development based on the targets and compounds found by Teijin Pharma, and share the research outcomes in both Japan and China. Also, the two companies will share a global development license when the compound enters the development stage and consider the joint development and launch of new drugs in Japan, China, and rest of the world.

Teijin Pharma and TransThera have the same vision in prompt supply of innovative new drugs to patients with unmet medical needs around the world. The two companies are confident that they can complement the strengths of their research foundations for small molecule drug discovery in a manner of time and cost saving and accuracy enhancement in new drug development.

"We are delighted to create innovative new drugs together with TransThera," said Ichiro Watanabe, president of Teijin Pharma Limited. "Under the Teijin Group's current medium-term management plan, we are contributing to sustainability by developing solutions for a demographic change and increased health consciousness. Launching new drugs will be a key factor in our implementation of this plan and we look forward to creating innovative new drugs together with TransThera."

"I am very excited about the opportunity for TransThera to work with Teijin pharma, a leading R&D based company of high repute with admirable tradition," said Frank Wu, CEO of TransThera. "Combining both companies' outstanding target validation expertise, lead identification capability and development platform will certainly expedite the drug discovery process, hopefully bringing more drug therapies to the patients.  I look forward to the productive work ahead."

"I believe that this collaboration between Japanese and Chinese companies with a proactive mindset would set a new R&D model to increase R&D productivity and manage R&D risk," Keiji Kawamoto, Senior Advisor of External Alliance of TransThera and co-founder of KoMong & Associates added. "I am pleased that my KoMong team members contribute significantly toward this exciting collaboration."

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