HanAll Biopharma Secures Exclusive Rights to Cutting-Edge Aging Reprogramming Technology

29 May 2024 | Wednesday | News

Collaboration to Innovate Ophthalmic and Otic Therapies Could Exceed $300 Million USD
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  • Exclusive agreement allows HanAll to utilize Epigenetic Reprogramming of Aging (ERATM) technology for ophthalmic and otic diseases.
  • Collaboration aims to leverage HanAll's extensive expertise in ophthalmic and otic diseases and Turn Bio's cellular reprogramming technology to create innovative therapies.
  • Deal value can exceed $300 million USD for the initial product.

 HanAll Biopharma Co., Ltd. (KRX: 009420. KS), a global biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines for patients, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Turn Biotechnologies, Inc., a pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on cellular repair through epigenetic reprogramming.


This agreement expands the relationship between the companies, which began in 2022 when HanAll made an initial investment in Turn Bio. The terms grant HanAll the right to utilize Turn Bio's Epigenetic Reprogramming of Aging (ERATM) technology to research, develop, manufacture, and commercialize medicines for ophthalmic and otic disease.

HanAll anticipates leveraging synergies between ophthalmic and otic fields where it has therapeutic expertise and experience, and drawing on Turn Bio's knowledge of cellular reprogramming, mRNAs, and lipid nanoparticles.

Aging mitigation and cell reprogramming technologies have been gaining attention for their potential to address the high unmet needs in age-related disorders, particularly in the eye and ear. HanAll has been actively exploring cell reprogramming through open collaborations and a global network.

The ERATM technology developed by Turn Bio reverses certain aspects of cellular aging by utilizing a cocktail of mRNA transcription factors specifically designed for transient epigenetic reprogramming. Past attempts at similar technologies have struggled due to the risk of cells differentiating into unforeseen cell types. Turn Bio's technology aims to overcome these challenges by restoring youthful cell function through precise dosing and timing of ERATM while maintaining the original cellular identity, offering promising potential for addressing age-related disorders. Currently, Turn Bio is undertaking pre-clinical research for dermatology and immunology applications.

"We're excited to advance into a new phase of development with Turn Bio to explore the potential of its innovative platform in addressing important age-related conditions. This partnership will enhance HanAll's R&D capabilities in mRNA and LNP product development while also providing an opportunity to explore the potential for pipeline expansion," said Sean Jeong, M.D., MBA, CEO of HanAll Biopharma.

"This agreement is a testament to the vast opportunities ahead globally as the world's population grows older," said Turn Bio CEO Anja Krammer. "HanAll's commitment is recognition that our innovative ERA™ technology has the potential to revolutionize treatments for myriad conditions associated with aging."

The deal, valued over $300 million USD for the first product, is structured around negotiated milestones.


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