Boehringer buys cancer vaccines biotech

Jul 15, 2019

Boehringer Ingelheim announced its acquisition of AMAL Therapeutics, a private Swiss biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy and advancing first-in-class therapeutic cancer vaccines derived from its technology platform, KISIMA.

AMAL’s lead vaccine, ATP128, is currently developed for stage IV colorectal cancer and is slated to begin first-in-human trials later this month.

The acquisition, along with that of the 2018 acquisition of Vira Therapeutics and in-license of OSE Immunotherapeutics’ SIRP-alpha targeting antibody, significantly enhances Boehringer Ingelheim’s strategic focus on immune cell-directed therapies..

The total buy could amount up to EUR 325 million (U.S. $366M) and is comprised of an upfront payment as well as contingent clinical, development and regulatory milestones plus up to EUR 100 million if certain commercial milestones are hit.

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