Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Announces Collaboration Partner Otsuka Filed New Drug Application (NDA) for LUPKYNIS (Voclosporin) in Japan
Benzinga · 11/13 11:01

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUPH) (Aurinia or the Company) today announced that the Company's collaboration partner, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Ltd., filed a new drug application (NDA) for voclosporin for the treatment of lupus nephritis (LN) with the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare for the manufacture and sale in Japan of voclosporin, a second-generation oral calcineurin inhibitor for the treatment of lupus nephritis (LN). LN is a complication of the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that seriously impacts the kidneys. In January 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved voclosporin in combination with a background immunosuppressive therapy regimen for the treatment of adult patients with active LN and it is currently available in the U.S. under the brand name LUPKYNIS®.

Aurinia and Otsuka entered a collaboration and licensing agreement in December 2020 for the development and commercialization of voclosporin for the treatment of LN in the EU, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Belarus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Ukraine. As part of the agreement, Aurinia is eligible to receive a payment of $10 million upon approval in Japan along with low double-digit royalties on net sales once launched.