2 June, 2014
TiGenix completes the sale of its Dutch
manufacturing facility to PharmaCell
LEUVEN, Belgium, June 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels: TIG), the European leader in cell therapy, announced today that it has completed the sale of its Dutch production facility to PharmaCell BV for a total consideration of Euro 5.75 million. PharmaCell, a leading European contract manufacturing organisation active in the areas of cell therapy and regenerative medicine, has acquired the shares of TiGenix' wholly-owned subsidiary,TiGenix BV, which holds the Dutch manufacturing facility.
The TiGenix state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located in Sittard Geleen in the Netherlands. In 2012, the site passed a cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) inspection by the Dutch authorities, and obtained approval from the European Medicines Agency for the production of ChondroCelect, the company's cell therapy product for cartilage repair in the knee.
TiGenix has received an upfront payment of Euro 3.5 million, and will receive a final payment of Euro 0.75 million in 2017. ChondroCelect will continue to be manufactured at the facility under a long-term manufacturing agreement, under the terms of which TiGenix will benefit from a cost relief of Euro 1.5 million during the first three years, the largest portion of which comes in the first year.
"The sale of the Dutch manufacturing facility together with the agreement to license the marketing and distribution rights of ChondroCelect to Sobi, which was signed in April, have transformed TiGenix," said Eduardo Bravo, CEO of TiGenix. "The combination of these two deals brings an immediate cash inflow of Euro 3.5 million to TiGenix, and a reduction in annual operating costs for manufacturing, sales and marketing of at least Euro 5 million. The broader geographical reach for ChondroCelect offered by Sobi will give TiGenix the potential for greater value generation in the long-term. TiGenix itself can now fully focus on progressing its promising advanced clinical stage pipeline to patients with high unmet medical need."
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ChondroCelect, indicated for cartilage repair in the knee, was the first cell-based product approved in Europe that successfully completed the entire development track from research through clinical development to European approval through the centralised procedure. ChondroCelect received European Marketing Authorisation in October 2009 as the first Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product, and was approved for reimbursement in Belgium in February 2011, in the Netherlands in June 2012 (retroactively to January 2011) and in Spain in March 2013. In addition to these three countries, ChondroCelect is also currently being commercialised in the UK through TiGenix's commercial team (from 1 June 2014 by Sobi) as well as in Finland through the Finnish Red Cross Blood Services with which TiGenix has a distribution agreement. Further to the agreement announced on 3 April 2014, the marketing and distribution of ChondroCelect in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa are licensed to Sobi (Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB) from 1 June 2014.
ChondroCelect is a cell-based medicinal product for use in autologous chondrocyte implantation in which cells are taken from the patient's own knee, multiplied to reach a large quantity, and then re-implanted at the site of the defect. ChondroCelect is indicated for the repair of single symptomatic cartilage defects of the femoral condyle of the knee (International Cartilage Repair Society grades III or IV) in adults.
Treatment with ChondroCelect comprises a two-step surgical procedure. In the first step, a cartilage biopsy is obtained arthroscopically from healthy articular cartilage from a lesser-weight bearing area of the patient's knee. Chondrocytes are isolated from the biopsy, expanded in vitro through a process based on cell characterisation, and delivered as a suspension for implantation in the same patient. ChondroCelect can be delivered nine weeks from the day of biopsy.
TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels: TIG) is a leading European cell therapy company with a marketed product for cartilage repair, ChondroCelect®, and a pipeline of clinical stage allogeneic adult stem cell programmes for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. TiGenix is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and also has operations in Madrid (Spain). For more information, please visit www.tigenix.com .
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