Praxis Precision Medicines Announces Licensing and Collaboration Agreement with Tenacia Biotechnology for Ulixacaltamide in Greater China
Collaboration leverages Tenacia’s expertise in central nervous system drug development and commercialization and will address a significant unmet patient need
Praxis to receive upfront proceeds of $15 million and is eligible to receive up to $264 million in milestone payments as well as tiered royalties
BOSTON and SHANGHAI, Jan. 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Praxis Precision Medicines, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company translating genetic insights into the development of therapies for central nervous system (CNS) disorders characterized by neuronal excitation-inhibition imbalance, today announced an exclusive collaboration and license agreement with Tenacia Biotechnology (Shanghai) Company, Ltd., a China-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on CNS drug development and commercialization. Under the agreement, Tenacia will develop and commercialize ulixacaltamide for the treatment of essential tremor in Greater China, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
“Our collaboration with Tenacia is an important step to bringing the innovation of ulixacaltamide to essential tremor patients in China, where there is a significant unmet need,” said Marcio Souza, president and chief executive officer of Praxis. “We are impressed by Tenacia’s strong leadership team, with vast experience developing and commercializing CNS treatments, and we look forward to a strong partnership together.”
“Essential tremor is a significant public health problem affecting at least 10 million people in China with a limited pipeline of novel therapies or potential treatments. Ulixacaltamide demonstrates promising potential to be an innovative, efficacious and safe therapy to essential tremor. We are excited to partner with Praxis to bring this innovative treatment to patients in Greater China,” said Xiaoxiang Chen, chief executive officer of Tenacia.
As part of the collaboration agreement, Praxis will receive $15 million up front, including $5 million in cash and a $10 million investment in Praxis common stock. Additionally, Praxis will be eligible for an additional $264 million in development, regulatory and commercialization milestone payments, as well as tiered royalties on net sales.
Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel to Praxis. Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel to Tenacia.
Ulixacaltamide is a differentiated and highly selective small molecule inhibitor of T-type calcium channels designed to block abnormal neuronal burst firing in the Cerebello-Thalamo-Cortical (CTC) circuit correlated with tremor activity. Ulixacaltamide, the most advanced program within Praxis’ Cerebrum™ small molecule platform, is currently in development for the treatment of essential tremor. www.praxisessentialtremor.com.
Praxis Precision Medicines is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company translating insights from genetic epilepsies into the development of therapies for CNS disorders characterized by neuronal excitation-inhibition imbalance. Praxis is applying genetic insights to the discovery and development of therapies for rare and more prevalent neurological disorders through our proprietary small molecule platform, Cerebrum™, and antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) platform, Solidus™, using our understanding of shared biological targets and circuits in the brain. Praxis has established a diversified, multimodal CNS portfolio including multiple programs across movement disorders and epilepsy, with four clinical-stage product candidates. For more information, please visit www.praxismedicines.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter/X.
About Tenacia Biotechnology Company, Ltd.
Based in China and a portfolio company of Bain Capital, Tenacia Biotechnology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative treatments to address unmet medical needs of nervous system disorders. Tenacia is led by industry leaders with deep experience in life sciences and expertise in CNS, global and China-specific drug development and commercialization and demonstrated success in company formation. The company is advancing a portfolio of innovative, best-in-class therapies.
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