Exciting News as Shorla Announces US Licensing Agreement

8th July 2023

Posted In: Newsflash

Shorla Oncology (‘Shorla’) has announced it has entered into a licensing agreement and strategic partnership with a U.K.-based innovative drug development and manufacturing company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Shorla will obtain an exclusive license from the developer to register and commercialise PIP-101, the first palatable oral solution of the related chemotherapeutic agent in the U.S.

Established in 2018 by Orlaith Ryan and Sharon Cunningham (pictured), Shorla is a privately held, Ireland- and U.S.-based pharmaceutical company with an advanced pipeline of innovative oncology drugs for women’s, orphan and pediatric cancers.

The company concentrates on indications where existing treatments are limited, in shortage or inadequate for the target population. Shorla’s growing portfolio brings accessible, affordable and life-saving treatments to patients, delivering a major contribution to patient care.

In this instance, the company has a license for PIP-101 – an oral solution treatment that slows or stops the growth of certain forms of leukemia, such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia.

“We are excited to partner with and leverage the developer’s oral oncology liquid manufacturing expertise,” said Sharon Cunningham, CEO and Co-founder of Shorla Oncology.

“This commercial partnership is a strong endorsement of our commitment to bring to market differentiated oncology treatments to address key areas of unmet needs for patients.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the developer will continue to manufacture PIP-101.

Once Shorla has obtained approval of its new drug application (NDA), the company will be responsible for the timely launch, commercialisation and sales of PIP-101 in the U.S.

“We look forward to a long-term relationship with the developer with not only PIP-101, but other treatments that are in the pipeline,” said Orlaith Ryan, CTO and co-founder of Shorla Oncology.

“We expect this partnership will take both companies to new heights and provide much-needed oncology treatments to patients with cancer.”

In the Pipeline

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Shorla Oncology’s Nelarabine Injection for the treatment of T-cell Leukemia, an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer. Shorla also has plans to have three products on market and three or more in development by end of year 2024.