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Debiopharm Group To Support Ascepion In The Development Of Debio 1144 For The Treatment Of Chinese Cancer Patients

LAUSANNE, Switzerland and SUZHOU, China, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Suzhou Ascepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Ascepion), a Chinese leading biotech company focusing on the discovery and development of world-class molecular targeted innovative drugs and Debiopharm Group™ (Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies, announced today that Debiopharm will support further development in China of Debio 1144, a small molecule in preclinical development for the treatment of a large spectrum of solid tumors.

Debiopharm and Ascepion had previously signed a license agreement for the development and commercialization of Debio 1144, an orally available multikinase inhibitor. After having generated positive preclinical results with the product, Debiopharm has decided to support Ascepion for further development of Debio 1144 in China as it is well designed for the treatment of certain types of cancers that are highly represented in China. 

"This is an opportunity for Ascepion to develop an anti-cancer agent tailored to the Chinese market," said Rolland-Yves Mauvernay, President and founder of Debiopharm Group™. "At Debiopharm we value sharing our competences with a Chinese company in view of developing a product with a potential to treat various cancers highly prevalent in emerging markets."

"The disease spectrum of the Chinese population suggests the product will be well suited for its market. Thus it holds a great promise for certain cancer types in Chinese patients," commented Dr. Shan Jiang, President and CEO of Ascepion Pharmaceuticals.

About Debio  1144

Debio 1144 is a multikinase inhibitor, which has demonstrated strong efficacy in several preclinical models. It is orally available and has a large therapeutic index.

About Suzhou Ascepion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Based in Suzhou, China, Suzhou Ascepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading biopharmaceutical company in China dedicated to the discovery and development of breakthrough small molecule drugs. Suzhou Ascepion Pharmaceuticals possesses a fully integrated platform and proprietary technologies for the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics targeting signal transduction pathways in a systematic and productive manner. The company has developed a pipeline of innovative small molecule drugs for the treatment of oncology and related diseases. For additional information on Suzhou Ascepion Pharmaceuticals, please visit http://www.ascepion.com.

About Debiopharm Group™

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