ASLAN and BMS join forces

by emma 4. November 2011 11:42

Pharma Industry News

Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into a strategic partnership with Singapore-based ASLAN Pharmaceuticals for the licensing and development of one of its investigational oncology compounds.

Under the agreement, ASLAN has the rights to develop and commercialise BMS-777607, a small molecule inhibitor of the MET receptor tyrosine kinase for treatment of solid tumours, in China, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and other selected Asian countries. BMS will retain rights for the rest of the world.

ASLAN will also complete and fund the development of the compound under a pre-agreed programme that will initially target gastric and lung cancers.

Francis Cuss, Senior Vice President, Research, BMS, says the agreement is part of the company’s “Oyster strategy” which aims to produce “high-quality data that may be used to further develop and commercialise the medicine worldwide”.

“As part of our biopharma strategy, Bristol-Myers Squibb seeks to seed companies in key markets with promising investigational medicines of continued interest to Bristol-Myers Squibb,” he said.

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