SHANGHAI, China -- On October 19, 2021-- Shandong Luoxin Pharmaceutical Group Stock Co., Ltd. (‘’Shandong Luoxin’’), a subsidiary of Luoxin Pharmaceutical Group Stock Co., Ltd. (“Luoxin Pharmaceutical” or “the company”) , signed a licensing agreement with Austria-based Marinomed Biotech AG (“Marinomed”), whereby Shandong Luoxin will gain the exclusive rights for the development, manufacture, and commercialization of Budesolv® (Budesonide Nasal spray) in China (including Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao SAR, Taiwan region). The signing of the license agreement will further expand Luoxin Pharmaceutical’s product line and enhance Luoxin’s competitive edge in the area of respiratory diseases.
Budesolv®, a new formulation of the glucocorticoid budesonide, which is a steroid nasal spray and is not yet available for domestic and overseas market. Budesolv® is the first medication originating from Marinomed’s proprietary Marinosolv® platform. Budesolv® has successfully completed a pivotal Phase III clinical study, necessary for marketing authorization in Europe. The recently completed pivotal clinical trial successfully demonstrated non-inferiority of the Budesonide nasal spray when compared to Rhinocort® Aqua 64. Furthermore, the trial demonstrated that Budesolv® was equally effective with a 85 % reduction in dosage and showed significantly faster onset of action within 3 hours.
Budesolv® is indicated for allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is a chronic disease with high rate of incidence, long duration and easy recurrence. Statistics reveal that over the past six years, the prevalence of allergic rhinitis in China has increased from 11.1% to 17.6% (data from the《International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology》). Statistics from IQVIA and MENET show that the global market size of steroid nasal spray in 2020 is US$2.15 billion (ex-factory price), and the total Chinese market size (domestic hospitals with more than 100 beds and retail pharmacies) is 1.305 billion yuan.
Under the terms of the agreement, Shandong Luoxin shall pay to Marinomed an upfront payment in the amount of USD 2,000,000, and will pay to Mainomed development and sales milestone payments not to exceed $ 20 Million. Once budesonide nasal spray suspension has been launched, Shandong Luoxin will pay to Marinomed tiered royalties based on net sales.
Dr. Andreas Grassauer, CEO of Marinomed, said, “We are honored to reach an agreement with a quality partner in the Chinese market like Luoxin Pharmaceutical and are proud of the partnership based on the Marinosolv® technology platform. Luoxin Pharmaceutical has rich experience in product innovation and commercialization, while Budesolv® is the first drug developed on the Marinosolv® platform, with a dosage reduction of 85% and faster efficacy. We hope to provide better treatment options for patients with allergic rhinitis through this close cooperation.”
Ryan Liu, Chairman and CEO of Luoxin Pharmaceutical said, “We are looking forward to the cooperation with Marinomed. Respiratory disease is one of our key focus areas. Thanks to the combination of Marinomed’s unique innovative product research and development platform and Luoxin’s integrated whole industrial chain advantages in research, production and marketing, we believe that the joint exploration with Marinomed’s outstanding scientific team will pay off and help enhance the treatment of allergic rhinitis patients in China.”
Marinomed Biotech AG (Korneuburg, Austria) (VSE:MARI) is an Austrian biotech company targeting globally marketed therapeutics. The company is listed on the Main Board of the Vienna Stock Exchange. Marinosolv® focuses on the development of innovative products based on two patent-protected technology platforms. The Marinosolv® technology increases the solubility and bio-availability of compounds that are hardly soluble in aqueous formulations. The Carragelose® platform comprises innovative patent-protected products targeting viral infections of the respiratory tract and may also reduce the risk of an infection with SARS-CoV-2. Carragelose® is used as a virus blocker in nasal sprays, throat sprays, and lozenges, which are sold via international partners in over 40 countries.
About Luoxin Pharmaceutical
Luoxin Pharmaceutical Group Stock Co., Ltd. (“Luoxin Pharmaceutical”, stock code: 002793.SZ ) is a healthcare conglomerate that is engaged in pharmaceutical research and development, manufacture, sales, and healthcare services. Founded in 1988, Luoxin Pharmaceutical has established R&D centers and manufacturing sites in Shandong, Shanghai and Chengdu, with a total of nearly 6,000 staff members. Luoxin Pharmaceutical is committed to bringing good health to more people and is focused on meeting the unmet medical needs in GI, respiratory and oncology, improving the accessibility of medicines and healthcare services.
Luoxin Pharmaceutical has a rich and competitive portfolio of products and the star products take the lead in GI and respiratory. Many products were listed in major science and technology projects, such as National Major New Product Plan, National Torch Plan as well as Major New Drug R&D. In addition, having been ranking among Top 100 Chinese Pharmaceutical Enterprises since 2006, and among Best Enterprises in Chinese Pharmaceutical R&D Pipelines since 2011, Luoxin Pharmaceutical was recognized as State Key High-tech Enterprise, State Technology Innovation Model Enterprise, National Industrial Quality Model Enterprise, and awarded with the 2nd prize in the State Sci. & Tech Progress many times. For more information, please visit www.luoxin.cn