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Athenex, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNX) and Almirall entered into a strategic partnership in December 2017 to develop and market tirbanibulin for the treatment of actinic keratosis and other skin conditions in the United States and Europe, including Russia. Athenex has been responsible for conducting all preclinical and clinical studies in order to gain FDA approval of tirbanibulin. Almirall will leverage its expertise to support development in Europe and to market the product in all licensed territories.

Almirall is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health. We collaborate with scientists and healthcare professionals to address patient’s needs through science to improve their lives. Our Noble Purpose is at the core of our work: “Transform the patients’ world by helping them realize their hopes and dreams for a healthy life”. We invest in differentiated and ground-breaking Medical Dermatology products to bring our innovative solutions to patients in need.

The company, founded in 1943 and headquartered in Barcelona, is publically traded on the Spanish Stock Exchange and is a member of the IBEX35 (ticker: ALM). Throughout its 77-year history, Almirall has retained a strong focus on the needs of patients. Currently, Almirall has a direct presence in 21 countries and strategic agreements in over 70, through 13 subsidiaries, with about 1,800 employees. Total Revenues in 2020 were 814.5 million euros.

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Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Athenex received exclusive rights to Hanmi Pharmaceutical’s Orascovery platform which is based on the encequidar technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Athenex has the rights to the development and commercialization of all products derived from the Orascovery program for all indications worldwide, except for Korea.

Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, was established in 1973 and has more than 300 products on the market.

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PharmaEssentia Corporation (Taipei Exchange: 6446) is a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company delivering efficacious, safe and cost-effective therapeutic products for the treatment of human diseases while aiming to bring long lasting value to stakeholders. PharmaEssentia, based in Taipei, began operations in 2003 with subsidiaries across Asia and the U.S., and was founded by a group of Taiwanese-American executives and high-ranking scientists from leading U.S. biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in order to develop treatments for myeloproliferative neoplasms, hepatitis and other diseases. The company is committed to the improvement of health and quality of life for patients suffering from these diseases. The company’s world-class cGMP biologics facility in Taichung is certified by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) and is designed and operated to be compliant with all U.S. FDA and EMA requirements.

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Xiangxue Life Sciences

Xiangxue Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Xiangxue Pharmaceutical, is a Chinese biopharmaceutical company focused on TCR-based therapies for cancer. The company has developed two main proprietary technological platforms, (i) High Affinity T Cell Activation Core (HATac) and (ii) TCR Affinity Enhancing Specific T Cell Therapy (TAEST).

Athenex and Xiangxue Life Sciences have established a joint venture, Axis Therapeutics Limited, for the research, development and commercialization of T-cell receptor-engineered T cells (TCR-T), a cancer immunotherapy technology, based on the novel approach on high-affinity TCR developed by Xiangxue Life Sciences. Axis Therapeutics Limited in-licensed the worldwide (excluding mainland China) rights of all the intellectual properties and know-how of the TCR-T immunotherapy technology from Xiangxue Life Sciences.

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Xiangxue Pharmaceuticals

XPH was founded in 1997 and is located in Guangzhou Science City, Guangzhou Economic & Technical Development District (GETDD), which is part of the core area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, or the Greater Bay Area. XPH is a high-tech enterprise integrating manufacturing, operation and R&D of products including pharmaceuticals, biological medicine, functional food, Chinese medicines and medical devices. XPH is recognized as one of pharmaceutical enterprises with most development potential in the industry in China and was listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2010 (stock code: 300147). XPH has directed its attention to leading biomedical technologies since 2012. XPH has built an international cooperative innovation system focusing on focused scientific research led by talent teams to introduce new medical innovative technologies. One important focus is on clinical immunotherapy development using the cutting-edge technologies involving high affinity specific T-cell receptor (TCR). Xiangxue Life Sciences (XLifeSc) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xiangxue Pharmaceutical, focused on TCR-based therapies for cancer and has developed a new generation TCR-T, named TAEST (TCR affinity enhanced specific T-cell-therapy), consisting of the expression of affinity enhanced T-cell receptors on the engineered T-cells to target HLA-antigenic peptide complex on certain types of cancer cells. Early clinical studies in China demonstrated a good safety profile in patients.

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