IASO Biotherapeutics and Cabaletta Bio Announce Exclusive Worldwide License Agreement
October 12, 2022 at 12:03:30 AM
IASO Biotherapeutics ("IASO Bio"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in discovering, developing, and manufacturing innovative medicines and Cabaletta Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: CABA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and launching the first curative targeted cell therapies for patients with autoimmune diseases, today announced that the companies entered into an agreement pursuant to which Cabaletta obtained from IASO Bio an exclusive, worldwide license to develop, manufacture and commercialize a clinically validated fully-human CD19 binder for use in product that is designed to modify T cells in treatment of autoimmune diseases. IASO Bio is entitled to receive up to approximately $162 million in aggregate payments, including an upfront payment and potential development and sales milestone payments across up to two products, as well as royalties. IASO Bio has the right of first negotiation to develop and commercialize Cabaletta's products using the licensed sequence in the Greater China region.
Clinically, CD19-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapies have been shown to induce deep and durable B cell depletion resulting in efficacy in treating B-cell malignancies, supporting the promise of this transformative approach in patients with B cell-mediated autoimmune diseases. Existing approaches to address such diseases are often limited by either modest effects, leading to resistant and uncontrolled disease, or significant treatment-related morbidity and mortality.
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