- New agreement supersedes the collaboration agreement entered in 2012
- GSK retains non-exclusive right to use PRINT for pre-clinical research for inhaled delivery
- Liquidia can apply PRINT to any inhaled application other than identified GSK proprietary molecules
MORRISVILLE, N.C., April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Corporation (NASDAQ: LQDA) (Liquidia or the Company) announced today that it has entered a new, non-exclusive license agreement with GSK to enable pre-clinical research of inhaled formulations of GSK’s molecules based upon Liquidia’s proprietary PRINT® technology. This agreement supersedes the collaboration agreement between the parties from 2012. Liquidia now will have the right to apply PRINT to all inhaled formulations other than certain identified GSK proprietary molecules. GSK will retain a non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, royalty-free license for the sole purpose of conducting pre-clinical research and pre-clinical development.
Roger Jeffs, Chief Executive Officer of Liquidia, stated: “We are very happy to have re-structured our relationship with GSK to enable both parties to maximize the proven benefits of PRINT technology for inhaled delivery. As demonstrated by YUTREPIA™, the ability to precisely engineer uniform particles for inhalation can enhance patient benefits. This agreement will enable Liquidia to develop more products and collaborations that leverage the proprietary benefits of PRINT to deliver high-value, inhaled medicines. At the same time, GSK will be able to explore the use of PRINT for potential new therapies.”
As background, Liquidia and GSK entered a collaboration in June 2012 to research applications of PRINT technology to inhaled therapies. After the exercise of GSK’s option under the collaboration agreement in September 2015, it had a worldwide license to certain intellectual property related to PRINT that was exclusive in the field of inhaled therapeutics other than inhaled treprostinil. Under the terms of the new agreement, GSK will be required to seek an expanded license before it may use PRINT for clinical or commercial purposes.
About YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder
YUTREPIA is an investigational, inhaled dry powder formulation of treprostinil delivered through a proven, convenient, palm-sized device. On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a tentative approval for YUTREPIA, which is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to improve exercise ability in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class II-III symptoms. The FDA has confirmed that YUTREPIA may add the indication to treat pulmonary hypertension with interstitial lung disease (PH-ILD) without additional clinical studies. YUTREPIA was designed using Liquidia’s PRINT® technology, which enables the development of drug particles that are precise and uniform in size, shape, and composition, and that are engineered for enhanced deposition in the lung following oral inhalation. Liquidia has completed INSPIRE, or Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil, an open-label, multi-center phase 3 clinical study of YUTREPIA in patients diagnosed with PAH who are naïve to inhaled treprostinil or who are transitioning from Tyvaso® (nebulized treprostinil). YUTREPIA was previously referred to as LIQ861 in investigational studies.
Tyvaso® is a registered trademarks of United Therapeutics Corporation.
About Liquidia Corporation
Liquidia Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products in pulmonary hypertension and other applications of its PRINT® Technology. The company operates through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Liquidia Technologies, Inc. and Liquidia PAH, LLC. Liquidia Technologies has developed YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Liquidia PAH provides the commercialization for pharmaceutical products to treat pulmonary disease, such as generic Treprostinil Injection. For more information, please visit www.liquidia.com.
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