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Chiesi Ends Collaboration with uniQure on Hemophilia B Gene Therapy Candidate

07:17 EDT 1 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Chiesi Group has ended its four-year-old collaboration with uniQure to co-develop and license a gene therapy for hemophilia B and has returned its development and commercialization rights to the gene therapy candidate in Europe and other areas, uniQure acknowledged. In a statement yesterday, Chiesi CEO Ugo Di Francesco cited unspecified “recent changes in our strategic priorities” for his company’s decision to terminate its co-development and license agreement with uniQure for Glybera ® (alipogene tiparvovec). The termination gives uniQure full rights to AMT-060, its lead gene therapy candidate for patients with hemophilia B—but no partner to co-develop the gene therapy as it heads into pivotal trials. “By regaining unencumbered, global rights to a late-stage program that has demonstrated significant clinical benefit for patients with hemophilia B, we believe uniQure is better positioned to accelerate the global clinical development plan, maximize shareholder return on our pipeline, and take ...

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