Oramed Announces $6.5 Million Milestone Payment from HTIT
JERUSALEM, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP) (www.oramed.com), a developer of oral drug delivery systems, today announced that Hefei Tianhui Incubator of Technologies Co. Ltd. (HTIT) is transferring a $6.5 million milestone payment from the previously-announced license and investment agreement between Oramed and HTIT. The payment follows Oramed’s positive top-line results from its Phase IIb U.S. Food and Drug Administration trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Oramed’s oral insulin capsule ORMD-0801 in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Per the terms of the agreement signed in December 2015, Oramed granted HTIT exclusive rights for commercialization of ORMD-0801 in Greater China. The up to $50 million license deal includes multiple milestone payments aggregating $38 million, with a $3 million upfront payment received by Oramed upon execution of the agreement, plus a $12 million investment made by HTIT in Oramed at $10.39 per share in December 2015. Oramed will receive a 10% royalty on net sales of ORMD-0801 and related commercialized products in Greater China.
“The completion of this milestone signifies our deepening partnership with HTIT as we move closer to bringing oral insulin to the vast and growing Chinese diabetes market,” said Nadav Kidron, CEO of Oramed.
“The positive Phase IIb data has further illustrated the huge potential this technology can have in China,” said HTIT CFO & Oramed Board Member Xiaopeng Li. “We are working diligently to lay the groundwork for the successful production and commercialization of ORMD-0801 focused on the Greater China market.”
About Oramed Pharmaceuticals
Oramed Pharmaceuticals is a platform technology pioneer in the field of oral delivery solutions for drugs currently delivered via injection. Established in 2006, Oramed’s Protein Oral Delivery (POD™) technology is based on over 30 years of research by scientists at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. Oramed is seeking to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes through its proprietary flagship product, an orally ingestible insulin capsule (ORMD-0801). The Company completed multiple Phase II clinical trials under an Investigational New Drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, Oramed is developing an oral GLP-1 analog capsule (ORMD-0901).
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