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Qilu seeks IND approval for siRNA drug in China
Qilu Pharma is seeking clearance from the NMPA to move AB-729 to clinical trials in China. This siRNA drug designed to treat hwas licensed from Arbutus in 2021.
In December 2021, Qilu licensed in AB-729 from Arbutus for development, manufacturing and commercialization rights in Greater China by paying $40 million upfront, plus $245 million in development and commercialization milestone payments, double-digit tiered royalties and a $15 million equity investment for Arbutus.
AB-729 is an RNA interference therapeutic specifically designed to reduce all HBV viral proteins and antigens, including hepatitis B surface antigen, which is thought to be a key prerequisite to enable reawakening of a patient’s immune system to respond to the virus.
Clinical data generated thus far has shown single- and multi-doses of AB-729 to be generally safe and well-tolerated while providing meaningful reductions in hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis B DNA.
By Elise Mak
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By Sarina Yang