Tie-Up Moves Kangstem's Novel Stem Cell Therapy Towards Globalization
Helped by a new partnership with Belgium-based MaSTherCell, the South Korean biotech is aiming to initially challenge the European market with a stem cell therapy for atopic dermatitis, derived from human umbilical cord blood.
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After the much anticipated Phase III South Korean clinical trial of its cord blood-derived stem cell therapy for atopic dermatitis failed to meet its primary endpoint, Kangstem Biotech shifts tactics to focus on repeated dose and combo trials in the hope of better efficacy data.
Already partnered with Oxford Nanopore through its acquisition of deCODE Genetics, Amgen invests in the UK biotech to enhance its genomic capabilities. Aclaris licenses dermatology product Rhofade from Allergan. Other recent licensing and alliance deals...
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