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CASiGEN Pharma Receives A World-wide Exclusive License From GIBH To Bring New Potential Diabetes Treatments To The Global Market
Date:5/17/2012

BOSTON and HONG KONG, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventac Partners and the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIBH) today announced the creation of CASiGEN Pharma Ltd. (CASiGEN) to bring new treatments for diabetes and other metabolic disorders to the global market. CASiGEN received a world-wide exclusive license from GIBH that gives it access to new drug candidates addressing unmet medical needs in this field. CASiGEN is currently seeking investors to advance development of selected orally available small molecules targeting the ERR-alpha receptor as a potential diabetes treatment. The Company will apply to join the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks (HKSTP), a world class research park based in Hong Kong and within the Guangzhou region.

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Commenting about the license agreement, Dr. Duanqing Pei, Director General at GIBH, said: "The license agreement with CASiGEN Pharma constitutes an important milestone for GIBH as it takes a key research project to the global market in collaboration with an international team of pharma and biotech people from the United States and Europe. We are grateful to HKSTP for initiating  a survey of the entire Pearl River Delta Region in 2008/09. It is through this initiative that we now see CASiGEN Pharma becoming a reality."

Mr. Anthony Tan, CEO of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC), said that: "We are pleased to have catalyzed the collaboration between an esteemed Chinese Academy of Science Institute and Ventac Partners, resulting in a spinoff company in Hong Kong. HKSTPC provides facilities, services and a dynamic environment that enable companies to nurture ideas, innovate and develop. We look forward to receiving an application from CASiGEN Pharma. CASiGEN Pharma could potentially be an excellent
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