Omeros and Lonza Enter Long-Term Manufacturing Agreement for Commercial Supply of Narsoplimab
SEATTLE & BASEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Omeros Corporation (Nasdaq: OMER) and Lonza (SWX: LONN) today announced a long-term manufacturing agreement for commercial production of narsoplimab, Omeros’ lead human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2), also referred to as OMS721. Omeros is preparing to submit a biologics license application (BLA) and a marketing authorization application (MAA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), respectively, for narsoplimab for the treatment of hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (HSCT-TMA).
Omeros and Lonza have successfully partnered under a multi-year manufacturing agreement for the clinical supply of narsoplimab. The new multi-year agreement secures a source of commercial quantities of narsoplimab for use following anticipated regulatory approvals.
“Lonza is a leading drug manufacturer and has a long and proven track record of producing marketed biologics globally,” stated Gregory A. Demopulos, MD, chairman and chief executive officer of Omeros. “Lonza has worked closely with us to accelerate the timing of our BLA and MAA submissions, and we’re confident in Lonza’s ability to produce and maintain the highest quality commercial supply of narsoplimab. We plan to bring the benefits of narsoplimab to patients across a broad range of commercial indications, and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Lonza throughout the years ahead.”
“Having worked with Omeros on narsoplimab through development, it is a huge motivation for our teams to continue to support them as they move towards approval of this life-saving drug,” said Karen Fallen, Head of Mammalian and Microbial Development and Manufacturing, Lonza Pharma & Biotech. “Helping to bring drugs like this to market has always been a priority for Lonza - the aggressive timelines and need for agile capacity scale-up depend on close partnership to stay on track. Through this long-term agreement with Omeros, we will be supporting the company as it works to make narsoplimab commercially available worldwide to patients who need it.”
Lonza is an integrated solutions provider that creates value along the Healthcare Continuum®. Through our Pharma Biotech & Nutrition segment and our Specialty Ingredients segment businesses, we harness science and technology to serve markets along this continuum. We focus on creating a healthy environment, promoting a healthier lifestyle and preventing illness through consumers' preventive healthcare, as well as improving patient healthcare by supporting our customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure severe diseases.
Patients and consumers benefit from our ability to transfer our pharma know-how to the healthcare, hygiene and fast-moving consumer goods environment and to the preservation and protection of the world where we live.
Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today is a well-respected global company with more than 100 sites and offices and approximately 15,500 full-time employees worldwide at the end of 2018. The company generated sales of CHF 5.5 billion in 2018 with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.5 billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com.
About Omeros Corporation
Omeros is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, complement-mediated diseases, disorders of the central nervous system and immune-related diseases, including cancers. The company’s drug product OMIDRIA (phenylephrine and ketorolac intraocular solution) 1% / 0.3% is marketed in the U.S. for use during cataract surgery or intraocular lens (IOL) replacement to maintain pupil size by preventing intraoperative miosis (pupil constriction) and to reduce postoperative ocular pain. In the European Union, the European Commission has approved OMIDRIA for use in cataract surgery and other IOL replacement procedures to maintain mydriasis (pupil dilation), prevent miosis (pupil constriction), and to reduce postoperative eye pain. Omeros has multiple Phase 3 and Phase 2 clinical-stage development programs focused on: complement-associated thrombotic microangiopathies; complement-mediated glomerulonephropathies; cognitive impairment; and addictive and compulsive disorders. In addition, Omeros has a diverse group of preclinical programs and a proprietary G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) platform through which it controls 54 new GPCR drug targets and corresponding compounds, a number of which are in preclinical development. The company also exclusively possesses a novel antibody-generating platform.
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