The Berlin-based biotechnology company MOLOGEN AG has been informed by its license partner ONCO Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. India, that the respective authorities have granted treatment permission for MOLOGEN’S cell-based gene therapy. This cancer therapy can currently be used for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, colon, breast, and lung cancer.
At the end of 2006, MOLOGEN had granted licensing and marketing rights for its cancer therapy for India to ONCO Life Sciences. In the context of the agreement, MOLOGEN had received an upfront payment of EUR 2.1 million.
MOLOGEN will receive further payments for the supply of the individualized therapy components to ONCO Life Sciences. MOLOGEN has completed all necessary measures in the areas of production and logistics to provide immediate supply to India. The importation of the components will be free of customs duties.
In advance to the treatment permission, the network of Indian oncologists (ELITE Network) has been educated about the mode of action, the use and the advantages of MOLOGEN’S cell-based gene therapy. On the basis of single treatment permissions, first patients had been treated in Mumbai and Delhi.
"We are very pleased by the treatment permission for our individualized cell-based gene therapy against major cancer diseases", said Prof Burghardt Wittig, Chief Executive Officer of MOLOGEN AG.
"This innovative and straight-forward decision of the Indian Department of Biotechnology impressively confirms our development and commercialization concept for the cell-based therapy approach in the treatment of cancer. It could also serve as reference for further applications in other countries."