Faron to acquire AOC3 antagonist platform
Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy
("Faron" or the "Company")
Faron to acquire AOC3 antagonist platform technology
Company announcement, 02 March 2020 at 9.00 AM (EET)
TURKU - FINLAND - Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON), the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, today announces that it has acquired rights for the potential new use of AOC3 inhibitors ("Agreement") covered by a recently filed patent application ("Invention").
The AOC3 enzymatic domain, a semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase is known to produce hydrogen peroxide, a potent inflammatory mediator. Being expressed by many inflamed vascular endothelial cells, the AOC3 overexpression has been connected with many vascular diseases. The Invention has been discovered by Faron's scientific network ("Inventors").
Faron will be responsible for the management, prosecution and maintenance of any patent applications assigned from the Inventors to Faron, as well as for the filing of new patent applications for the AOC3 protein inhibitor. Faron is also responsible for the future development of the Invention. Under the terms of the Agreement, in consideration for assignment of the Invention to Faron, the Inventors are eligible to receive low single digit royalties of net revenues of products associated with the Invention and a low single digit percentage of payments to Faron in the event of a third party license being entered into in respect of the Invention. Pre-clinical studies with humanized AOC3 mice and with ex vivo human cells in relation to the Invention are currently ongoing and further information will be provided later in the year.
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTION
Academician Sirpa Jalkanen, one of the Inventors, is the wife of Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer, and therefore the Agreement constitutes a related party transaction for the purposes of the AIM Rules. The Directors, Frank Armstrong, Matti Manner, Gregory Brown, John Poulos and Leopoldo Zambeletti, all of whom are independent of Mrs Jalkanen, having consulted with Panmure Gordon, the Company's nominated adviser for the purposes of the AIM Rules, consider the terms of the Agreement to be fair and reasonable insofar as Shareholders are concerned.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").
For more information please contact:
Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy
Dr Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, Nomad and Broker
Emma Earl, Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)
James Stearns (Corporate Broking)
Phone: +44 207 886 2500
Sisu Partners Oy, Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North
Juha Karttunen, Jussi Majamaa
Phone: +358 (0)40 555 4727
Consilium Strategic Communications
Mary-Jane Elliott, David Daley, Lindsey Neville
Phone: +44 (0)20 3709 5700
About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Faron (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company currently has a pipeline based on the receptors involved in regulation of immune response in oncology and organ damage. Clevegen, its precision immunotherapy, is a novel anti-Clever-1 antibody with the ability to switch immune suppression to immune activation in various conditions, with potential across oncology, infectious disease and vaccine development. Currently in phase I/II clinical development as a novel macrophage checkpoint immunotherapy for patients with untreatable solid tumours, Clevegen has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules. Traumakine, the Company's pipeline candidate to prevent vascular leakage and organ failures, has completed a phase III clinical trial in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Plans for its future development are being finalised to avoid interfering steroid use together with Traumakine. Faron is based in Turku, Finland. Further information is available at www.faron.com
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