Published On: Tue, Jan 12th, 2021

Biond Biologics and Sanofi Enter into Global Licensing Agreement Worth $1 Billion

The Israeli biopharmaceutical company is developing novel immunotherapies for cancer
Tehila Ben-Moshe co-founder and CEO

Israeli biopharmaceutical company Biond Biologics which developing novel immunotherapies for cancer has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Sanofi, worth 1 billion.

Biond to receive $125 million upfront with more than $1 billion in potential development, regulatory, and sales milestones plus royalty payments.

Biond Biologics is a drug discovery and development company focused on developing innovative therapies for novel oncology targets by uncovering immunoregulatory pathways and by enabling the intracellular delivery of biologics.

Biond development BND-22 is a Novel Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Targeting the ILT2 Receptor. First-in-human clinical trial planned to start by mid-2021.

Biond will lead the study of BND-22, evaluating its safety and tolerability as a single agent and in combination with approved cancer therapeutics as well as exploring potential associations between BND-22 anti-tumor activity and select tumor and blood-based biomarkers; Sanofi will assume clinical development and commercialization responsibilities thereafter.

An Investigational New Drug application for BND-22 has recently been submitted to FDA.

“The emphasis in the development of cancer immunotherapies has been placed so far mainly on drugs that stimulate the adaptive immune system to attack malignant cells, in particular T lymphocytes. Unfortunately, many advanced cancer patients do not derive a durable benefit from these drugs,” said Tehila Ben-Moshe, Ph.D., Bond’s CEO, and Co-Founder.

“Biond Biologics was founded with a unique model that enables focused development of breakthrough cancer therapies, reaching clinical trials more quickly. BND-22, the first clinical drug candidate to graduate Biond’s development model, is a novel immunotherapy that targets both adaptive and innate immune cells and takes advantage of the anti-tumor activity of not only T cells but also that of additional immune cells, such as NK cells and macrophages. We look forward to progressing BND-22 into the clinic together with our new partner Sanofi, using our in-depth knowledge of the ILT2 pathway and expertise in immuno-oncology.”

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