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HaiHe Biopharma Cooperates with Junshi Biosciences to Explore the Combination of Glumetinib and Toripalimab

August 26, 2019,Shanghai - HaiHe Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative anti-tumor drugs, announced that it has reached a clinical cooperation with Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Junshi Biosciences") to jointly explore the safety, tolerance and efficacy of the combination of Glumetinib, a highly selective c-Met inhibitor developed by HaiHe Biopharma, and Toripalimab, anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody developed by Junshi Biosciences in the treatment of multiple solid tumors. This is another in-depth cooperation between the two sides following the combination of Lucitanib, Simmitecan and Toripalimab.

About the Glumetinib

Glumetinib (code: SCC244) is a potent and selective small molecule MET kinase inhibitor with global proprietary intellectual property rights developed by HaiHe Biopharma Co., Ltd and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Preclinical studies have shown that Glumetinib potently and specifically targets the inhibition of MET kinase in vitro activity. Preliminary clinical studies have shown that Glumetinib has better human pharmacokinetic characteristics than small molecule MET kinase inhibitors with the same selectivity, including longer metabolic half-life, good permeability through the blood-brain barrier, etc. It showed initial efficacy as well as good safety and tolerability in patients with MET-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

About Toripalimab (JS001 / Tuoyi) 

In March 2018, the New Drug Application (“NDA”) for JS001, a recombinant humanized anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody for injection, was accepted by the NMPA. On 17 December 2018, Junshi Biosciences’ anti-PD-1 therapy toripalimab was conditionally granted marketing approval for use in the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma that has failed previous systemic therapy by the NMPA, which is the first commercialized product of Junshi Biosciences. In the pivotal clinical trial, patients were observed with the ORR of 17.3% and the DCR of 57.5%, and the one-year overall survival rate is 69.3%. The NDA approval of toripalimab witnessed the pivotal step from pre-revenue biotech start-up to a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company.

About Haihe Biopharma

Haihe Biopharma focuses on discovery, development and commercialization of innovative anti-tumor drugs. Guided by our mission, “Inclusive and open to diversity, innovation oriented to win together and benefit the mankind”, Haihe Biopharma insists on the way of independent innovation and pursues for global development of Chinese original innovative drugs in partnership with Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Science (SIMM). The company is led by an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The senior management team has extensive experiences in drug research and development in China and abroad. Haihe Biopharma has built a precision medical platform guided by biomarkers, and established a fully integrated pre-clinical evaluation technical platform and clinical study system for innovative drugs, with advanced technology and operation in consistence with international standards and norms, covering subunits from compound synthesis, CMC study, biomarker discovery and validation, medical strategy and clinical study, etc. The company has established a globally competitive innovative drug R&D system and robust product pipeline. There are 7 compounds in clinical and 3 compounds in preclinical studies, among which 7 compounds are discovered in-house.

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About Junshi Bioscieces

Junshi Bioscieces is an innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company which is dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative drugs and their clinical research and commercialization on a global scale. Our mission is to provide patients with treatment options that work better and cost less. Based on the core platform technology of protein engineering, Junshi Biosciences stands at the frontier of R&D of macromolecular drugs. With distinguished capability of innovative drug discovery, advanced biotechnological R&D, large-scale production capacity on the full industry chain and rapidly expanding drug candidate portfolio of tremendous market potential, Junshi Biosciences has a leading edge in the PRC in the emerging field of immuno-oncology and for the treatment of autoimmune and metabolic diseases. Junshi Biosciences is the first PRC company to obtain NDA approval from the NMPA for anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody, and also the first PRC company to receive IND approvals from the NMPA for anti-PCSK9 monoclonal antibody and anti-BLyS monoclonal antibody. Our vision is to become a pioneer in the area of translational medicine by developing first-in-class and best-in-class drugs through original innovation. With enrichment of our product pipelines and exploration of drug combination therapies, Junshi Biosciences has expanded its innovation to the R&D of more types of drugs, including small molecule drugs and antibody drug conjugates (or ADCs), as well as to the exploration of the next-generation innovative therapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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