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BeiGene Acquires Asia Rights to Mirati’s Cancer Treatment for $133 Million

Jan. 8, 2018

BeiGene, Ltd. , a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative molecularly targeted and immuno-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer, and Mirati Therapeutics, a clinical-stage targeted oncology company, entered an exclusive license agreement for the development, manufacturing and commercialization of Mirati’s sitravatinib in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia, and New Zealand. Mirati will retain exclusive rights for the development, manufacturing and commercialization of sitravatinib for the rest of world.

Sitravatinib is an investigational tyrosine kinase inhibitor that has demonstrated potent inhibition of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), including TAM family receptors (TYRO3, Axl, MER), split family receptors (VEGFR2, KIT) and RET. It is being evaluated by Mirati as a single agent in a Phase 1b expansion trial in patients whose tumors harbor specific genetic alterations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other tumors types. 

Under the agreement, Mirati will receive an upfront cash payment of $10 million from BeiGene. Additionally, Mirati is eligible to receive up to $123 million of additional payments based upon the achievement of certain development, regulatory and sales milestones as well as significant royalties on future sales of sitravatinib by Beigene.