Due diligence and confidential discussions now moving into negotiations for products in both the tendon repair and aesthetics franchises
VANCOUVER, BC – September 13, 2017 – RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (OTCQB: REPCF) (TSXV: RP) (FRA:P6P2) (“RepliCel” or the “Company”), a company developing next-generation technologies in aesthetics and orthopedics, is pleased to announce that it anticipates maturing discussions will lead to one or more new partnership agreements in the near-term. The Company’s strategic focus on partnering has resulted in it being currently engaged in multiple negotiations with potential strategic partners.
“The release of our positive clinical data earlier this year and the recent unveiling of our next-generation dermal injector prototypes have aggressively bolstered partnership negotiations,” says RepliCel President and CEO, R. Lee Buckler. “We remain confident of our ability to execute one or more partnerships for the dermal injector on our way to it being CE-marked by mid-2018, and have also generated significant partnership interest in our biologic assets among strong regional players. We believe it is highly likely that one of these will culminate in a partnership transaction in the near-term.”
RepliCel’s partnership strategy is driven by an intent to identify and negotiate transactions with partners prepared to be investors and co-development partners for defined regional markets that will eventually provide access to their established commercial distribution channels.
In Asia, partnership discussions are focused on the Company’s dermatology and tendinopathy programs, as well as the Company’s next-generation dermal injector, which is expected to be European market-ready next year. The Company is working with a Canadian firm specializing in Canada-China transactions, to move multiple parties in China/Hong Kong through due diligence into term sheet discussions and negotiations.
In Japan, RepliCel is working with CJ Partners, the country’s leading business development experts in regenerative medicine, to explore potential partnerships for its dermatology and tendinopathy programs with potential Japanese industry partners. The Company’s fibroblast program (underlying RepliCel’s dermatology and tendinopathy programs) has already been the subject of the first stages of review by the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).
RepliCel is also engaged in a number of other partnership discussions, at various stages of due diligence, in other parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. These discussions span the range of the Company’s product portfolio, including the co-development of RCH-01 for men and women with hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia outside of Asia (where it is already exclusively licensed to Shiseido Company).
The partnership discussions are primarily focused on regional licensing and co-development by commercialization partners with strong track records in their region, as well as proven market expertise in dermatology, aesthetics, or orthopedics. Each is expected to involve material investment (both upfront and upon milestones), as well as the commitment of expertise, capabilities, finances, and infrastructure to the co-development and eventual commercialization of the products under discussion.
About RepliCel Life Sciences
RepliCel is a regenerative medicine company focused on developing autologous cell therapies that address conditions caused by a deficit of healthy cells required for normal tissue healing and function. The Company’s product pipeline is comprised of three clinical-stage products: RCT-01 for tendon repair, RCS-01 for skin rejuvenation and RCH-01 for hair restoration. RCH-01 is under exclusive license by Shiseido Company for certain Asian countries. All product candidates are based on RepliCel’s innovative technology, utilizing cell populations isolated from a patient’s healthy hair follicles.
RepliCel is also developing a proprietary injection device (RCI-02) optimized for the administration of its products and licensable for use with other dermatology applications. Please visit http://replicel.com/ for additional information.
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Lee Buckler, CEO and President
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