Crunch Time For Glenmark’s US Innovation Arm, Founding CEO To Exit
Glenmark’s spin-out innovation arm, Ichnos, faces a crucial year of effort to partner out certain potential first-in-class therapeutics for autoimmune diseases and also to advance its oncology pipeline. Meanwhile, CEO and ex-Gilead executive Alessandro Riva is moving on.
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Glenmark’s innovation subsidiary, Ichnos, highlights encouraging early data for lead bispecific antibody assets and hopes to accelerate these via licensing and partnership deals.The US-based arm also points to the tough biopharma financing market where investors are no longer satisfied with just the “preclinical story”.
There is momentum for Glenmark’s Ryaltris across new launch markets internationally, with FY2023 and FY2024 seen as important years for revenue scale-up. A partnered nitric oxide nasal spray for COVID-19 faces trial recruitment challenges in India but the firm hopes to be able to debut the product this year.
Buoyed by a $50m milestone payment for a MEK inhibitor licensed to Boehringer Ingelheim and in a bid to mitigate the burn on profits, Lupin is considering partnerships for biosimilars, specialty products and other NCEs with recently spun-off oncology assets being first in line for a deal. But FY22 earnings guidance has been lowered.