Altamira Therapeutics and Nuance Pharma Enter Into Exclusive Licensing and Distribution Agreement for Bentrio in China and Additional Asian Markets
Altamira Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ:CYTO), a company dedicated to addressing unmet medical needs through RNA therapeutics, allergy and viral infection protection, and inner ear therapeutics, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive licensing and distribution agreement (the “Agreement”) for Bentrio(TM), its nasal spray for protection against airborne viruses and allergens, with Nuance Pharma Ltd. (“Nuance”) in Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea (the “Territory”).
Under the terms of the Agreement, Altamira will initially supply Bentrio(TM) to Nuance. Nuance will make an upfront payment of $1 million and pay to Altamira development and commercial milestones of up to $3 million and up to $19.5 million, respectively. Nuance will have the right to register and commercialize Bentrio(TM) in the Territory. In a second stage, Nuance will assume local production of the product for the Territory upon certain milestones. Once Nuance assumes local production of Bentrio(TM), it will pay to Altamira a staggered royalty on net sales in the Territory at a high-single to low-double-digit percentage.
“We are excited to greatly expand the distribution of Bentrio and further enlarge our footprint in Asia through this strategic collaboration with Nuance,” said Thomas Meyer, Altamira Therapeutics’ founder, Chairman and CEO. “As a fast growing, well capitalized company with a growing portfolio of products specifically for the treatment of respiratory disorders, Nuance is an ideal commercialization partner for this important and dynamic region. We are looking forward to working with the Nuance team to launch Bentrio.”
“The prevalence of allergic rhinitis in the Chinese Mainland is particularly high, affecting some 246 million patients,” commented Mark G. Lotter, CEO and Founder of Nuance. “In addition, viral infections represent another high-volume opportunity for Bentrio in this region, so we are looking forward to launching this promising therapeutic to patients in the Chinese Mainland; as well as Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea. Bentrio(TM) fits well with Nuance’s continuous strategic focus in respiratory space.”
Bentrio(TM)(AM-301) is a drug-free nasal spray intended for personal protection against airborne viruses and allergens. Upon application into the nose, Bentrio(TM) forms a protective gel layer on the nasal mucosa. This thin film is designed to prevent the contact of viruses or allergens with cells; in addition, the composition serves to bind such particles and help with their discharge and to humidify the nasal mucosa. Together, this is designed to reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract viral infections and promote alleviation of allergic symptoms. In human nasal epithelium cells infected by SARS-CoV-2, Bentrio(TM) was shown to reduce the infectious viral load by more than 99% when used for prevention. Further, Bentrio(TM) was effective in slowing the growth of the viral titer when treatment started only 24 or 30 hours after infection. In allergy, a clinical investigation in a pollen challenge chamber demonstrated a significant reduction in the main symptoms of allergic rhinitis with the protective effect setting in rapidly and lasting for 4 hours.
About Nuance Pharma
Nuance Pharma is a patient-centric and innovation focused biopharmaceutical company, with both clinical and commercial stage assets. Founded by Mark Lotter in 2014, with the mission to address critical unmet medical needs in Greater China and Asia Pacific, Nuance has built a late clinical stage innovative portfolio, while maintaining a self-sustainable commercial operation. Focusing on specialty care, Nuance’s portfolio represents a differentiated combination of commercial stage and innovative pipeline assets across respiratory, emergency care, and iron deficiency anemia. Through partnerships with global leading biopharma companies, Nuance has built a leading late-stage portfolio in respiratory and commercial stage portfolio in emergency care and iron deficiency anemia.
About Altamira Therapeutics
Altamira Therapeutics is dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs. The Company is currently active in three areas: the development of RNA therapeutics for extrahepatic therapeutic targets (OligoPhore(TM) / SemaPhore(TM) platforms; preclinical), nasal sprays for protection against airborne viruses and allergens (Bentrio(TM); commercial) or the treatment of vertigo (AM-125; Phase 2), and the development of therapeutics for intratympanic treatment of tinnitus or hearing loss (Keyzilen(R) and Sonsuvi(R), Phase 3). The Company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda with its main operations in Basel, Switzerland. The shares of Altamira Therapeutics Ltd. trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “CYTO.”
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