Tasly Pharmaceuticals and Mauna Kea Technologies Announce Joint Venture and Licensing Agreements

Mauna Kea Technologies and Tasly form a joint venture (JV) to develop,
production and sale of Cellvizio in the Chinese market.
The joint venture also acquires exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize Cellvizio in the areas of neurology and neurosurgery.

Subject to the transfer of certain intellectual property assets and licenses to the JV, Mauna Kea Technologies will receive a 44% stake in the JV, cash payments of $10 million and orders from Cellvizio for 5 years.

This agreement accelerates the strategic repositioning of Mauna Kea announced at the end of 2021.

SHANGHAI, PARIS and BOSTON, July 11, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:

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Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, Mauna Kea) (Paris: MKEA) (OTCQX: MKEAY), inventor of Cellvizio®, a multidisciplinary needle-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (p/nCLE) probe and platform, and Tasly Pharmaceuticals (SH Exchange: 600535, “Tasly”) today announced that they have signed a strategic joint venture agreement (JV).

Under the terms of the agreement, Tasly and Mauna Kea will form a joint venture that will (i) commercialize certain Cellvizio indications in China, (ii) develop and commercialize Cellvizio worldwide in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery, and (iii) manufacture Cellvizio units for the Chinese market. The joint venture will leverage both existing distribution partners and its own marketing network in China to accelerate Cellvizio’s rollout.

In exchange for granting licenses and other intellectual property rights to the joint venture, Mauna Kea will receive cash payments totaling $10 million (€9.94 million), a 44.1% stake in the JV, and a commitment to purchase a minimum number of Cellvizio systems and sensors for 5 years. Mauna Kea’s interest in the JV does not include shares issued by Cenponts Tech Limited in exchange for strategic advisory services provided in connection with the transaction. The JV will be majority owned and financed by Tasly and jointly managed by Tasly and Mauna Kea.

The joint venture will immediately capitalize on Mauna Kea’s position as a world leader in probe-and-needle confocal laser endomicroscopy, with FDA clearance for neurosurgical applications, broad regulatory approvals in the Chinese market, and a significant installed base in China’s most reputable institutions. hospitals.

Sasha Loiseau, PhD, Founder and President of Mauna Kea Technologiessaid: “We are excited to partner with Tasly Pharmaceuticals, Asia Pacific’s leading life sciences company with a global presence. This transaction expands the targeted market for Cellvizio and enhances Mauna Kea’s ability to further invest in new products and clinical research. developments, including molecular imaging and artificial intelligence. This announcement brings to life a strategic repositioning announced in December 2021, namely the formation of effective partnerships in terms of capital, which harness the market power of global biopharmaceutical and healthcare companies while expanding patient access to Cellvizio.”

Kaijing Yang, Chairman of Tasly Pharmaceuticals Group, commented: “The field of biomedical engineering is an important part of Tasly Pharmaceuticals’ second growth strategy. Cooperation with Mauna Kea Technologies will allow us to quickly gain access to large markets in China, which are targeted by numerous clinical applications of confocal laser endomicroscopy. Molecular imaging with Cellvizio is also of great interest to us as Tasly Pharmaceuticals can help the joint venture develop Cellvizio combinations with new molecular markers in line with our vision of delivering integrated solutions from diagnosis to treatment. fruitful and rich cooperation with Mauna Kea Technologies”.

Cenponts Tech Limited and McDermott Will & Emery advised Mauna Kea Technologies on this transaction.

About the pharmaceutical group “Tasly”
Adhering to the company’s mission of “sharing the joy of health with everyone”, Tasly has always promoted the integrated development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern medicine. Tasly constantly focuses on three therapeutic areas: cardiovascular diseases, digestive and metabolic diseases, and tumors, which have the largest market share and are developing rapidly in China. The company is committed to research and development in the field of medicines requiring clinical emergency and meet the unmet needs of the Chinese clinical market. Relying on the advantages of the coordinated development of modern TCM, biological medicine and chemical medicine, it sets the strategy for innovative drugs and continues to maintain its industry leadership and R&D and innovation development momentum. For more information visit http://www.tasly.com/

About Mauna Kea Technologies
Mauna Kea Technologies is a global medical device company that manufactures and markets Cellvizio®, a real-time in vivo cellular imaging platform. This technology provides unique in vivo cellular imaging that allows clinicians to track disease progression over time, assess responses as they occur, classify areas of uncertainty, and guide surgical interventions. The Cellvizio platform is used in many countries around the world and in several medical specialties and changes the way doctors diagnose and treat patients. For more information visit www.maunakeatech.com.


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