ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioTime, Inc. (NYSE American: BTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on degenerative diseases, has licensed one of its pluripotent cell lines to Goliver Therapeutics, a France-based company focused on addressing liver diseases with regenerative technologies.
“We are excited to help enable the team at Goliver to further their mission to treat liver diseases with differentiated cells created from one of our cell lines,” stated Adi Mohanty, Co-CEO of BioTime. “The potential applications of our pluripotent cell technology are immense. Various cell lines of ours are being used by researchers around the world. We are happy to enable companies, like Goliver, which are advancing therapeutic candidates in areas that are not a core focus of BioTime’s own development efforts.”
The BioTime cell lines are thoroughly characterized and NIH-registered. They also include all necessary donor history and full documentation. Using an NIH-registered cell line, like BioTime’s, helps address key FDA concerns related to cell therapies at the onset, which could have a positive impact on development timelines and the regulatory process. This commercial license allows Goliver to build upon its pre-clinical work with our line to produce their cells for commercial use.
The terms of the agreement were undisclosed, but include an upfront payment, potential development milestone payments and royalties on sales of commercialized products.
About BioTime, Inc.
BioTime is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on degenerative diseases. Its clinical programs are based on two platform technologies: cell replacement and cell/drug delivery. With its cell replacement platform, BioTime is producing new cells and tissues with its proprietary pluripotent cell technologies. These cells and tissues are developed to replace those that are either rendered dysfunctional or lost due to degenerative diseases or injuries. BioTime’s cell/drug delivery programs are based upon its proprietary HyStem® cell and drug delivery matrix technology. HyStem® was designed, in part, to provide for the transfer, retention and/or engraftment of cellular replacement therapies. BioTime’s lead cell delivery clinical program is Renevia®, which consists of HyStem® combined with the patient's own adipose (fat) progenitor cells. Renevia® met its primary endpoint in an EU pivotal clinical trial for the treatment of facial lipoatrophy in HIV patients in 2017. BioTime has submitted Renevia® for CE Mark approval in the EU. There were no device related serious adverse events reported to date. BioTime’s lead cell replacement product candidate is OpRegen®, a retinal pigment epithelium transplant therapy, which is in a Phase I/IIa multicenter clinical trial for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. There were no unexpected serious adverse events reported to date. BioTime also has significant equity holdings in two publicly traded companies, Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American: AST) and OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE American: OCX), and a private company, AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
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