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TiGenix: Takeda Exercises its Option to Develop and Commercialize Cx601 in both Japan and Canada

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Takeda Exercises its Option to Develop and Commercialize Cx601 in both Japan and Canada

Leuven (BELGIUM): December 21, 2016, 22:01h CET - TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and Nasdaq: TIG; the "Company"), an advanced biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary platforms of allogeneic expanded stem cells, today announced that it has received a confirmation notification from Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG (Takeda) stating that it has decided to exercise its option to develop and commercialize Cx601 in both Japan and Canada.

Today TiGenix announces that Takeda has decided to exercise its option to include both Japan and Canada into the scope of its licensing agreement with TiGenix whereby Takeda acquired, on July 4, 2016, the exclusive right to develop and commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's patients outside of the U.S. This decision entitles Takeda the right to move forward with these two countries.

"The decision by our partner Takeda, after its initial assessment of both the regulatory strategy and commercial potential of Cx601 in these two countries, is encouraging and comes at an opportune time for us as we are focused on further developing Cx601 for the U.S. and pursuing the marketing approval of Cx601 in Europe which we anticipate during 2017," said Eduardo Bravo, CEO of TiGenix. "This is another excellent example of our partner's dedication to foster innovative research and drug development for patients where unmet medical needs exist. Once again, we are fortunate to have found such a partner for Cx601, and one that is clearly dedicated to the long term success of Cx601," concluded Eduardo Bravo.

This decision gives TiGenix the right to receive additional future milestone payments of up to 3,000,000 euros for both countries (1,500,000 individually) in the event of obtaining a marketing approval by the relevant Regulatory Authority, in either or both countries, including an early access program, or conditional approval, allowing patients with Crohn's disease suffering from perianal fistula in these countries to gain access to Cx601. In addition to these approval milestones, TiGenix is eligible to receive price reimbursement milestones for up to 2,000,000 euros for both countries (1,000,000 individually) as well as double-digit royalties on net sales.

For more information, please contact:

TiGenix

Claudia D'Augusta

Chief Financial Officer

Tf: +34 91804 9264
claudia.daugusta@tigenix.com

About TiGenix

TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels: TIG) is an advanced biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary platforms of allogeneic, or donor-derived, expanded stem cells. Our lead product candidate from the adipose-derived stem cell technology platform is Cx601, which is in registration with the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease patients. Our adipose-derived stem cell product candidate Cx611 has completed a Phase I sepsis challenge trial and a Phase I/II trial in rheumatoid arthritis. Effective July 31, 2015, TiGenix acquired Coretherapix, whose lead cellular product candidate, AlloCSC-01, is currently in a Phase II clinical trial in Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). In addition, the second product candidate from the cardiac stem cell-based platform acquired from Coretherapix, AlloCSC-02, is being developed in a chronic indication. On July 4, 2016, TiGenix entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a large pharmaceutical company active in gastroenterology, under which Takeda acquired the exclusive right to commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas outside the United States. TiGenix is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and has operations in Madrid (Spain).

About Cx601

Cx601 is a suspension of allogeneic expanded adipose-derived stem cells (eASC) locally injected. Cx601 is an investigational agent being developed for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease patients with inadequate response to at least one conventional or biologic therapy including antibiotics, immunosuppressants, or anti-TNF agents. Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine and patients can suffer from complex perianal fistulas for which there is currently no effective treatment. In 2009, the European Commission granted Cx601 orphan designation for the treatment of anal fistulas, recognizing the debilitating nature of the disease and the lack of treatment options. Cx601 has met the primary end-point in the Phase III ADMIRE-CD study in Crohn's disease patients with complex perianal fistula, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial run in Europe and Israel and designed to comply with the requirements laid down by the EMA. 'Madrid Network' issued a soft loan to help finance this Phase III study, which was funded by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) within the framework of the INNTEGRA plan. The study's primary endpoint was combined remission, defined as clinical assessment at week 24 of closure of all treated external openings draining at baseline despite gentle finger compression, and absence of collections >2cm confirmed by MRI. In the ITT population (n=212), Cx601 achieved statistically significant superiority (p=0.024) on the primary endpoint with 50% combined remission at week 24 compared to 34% in the placebo arm. Efficacy results were robust and consistent across all statistical populations. Treatment emergent adverse events (non-serious and serious) and discontinuations due to adverse events were comparable between Cx601 and placebo arms. The 24-weeks results have been published by The Lancet, one of the most highly regarded and well known medical journals in the world. The Phase III study has completed a follow-up analysis at 52 weeks confirming its sustained efficacy and safety profile. Top line follow-up data showed that in the ITT population Cx601 achieved statistical superiority (p=0.012) with 54% combined remission at week 52 compared to 37% in the placebo arm. The 52-week data also showed a higher rate of sustained closure in those patients treated with Cx601 and in combined remission at week 24 (75.0%) compared to patients in the placebo group (55.9%). Based on the positive 24-weeks Phase III study results, TiGenix has submitted a Marketing Authorization Application to the EMA in early 2016. TiGenix is preparing to develop Cx601 in the U.S. after having reached an agreement with the FDA through a special protocol assessment procedure (SPA) in 2015. On July 4, 2016 TiGenix entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a pharmaceutical company leader in gastroenterology, whereby Takeda acquired an exclusive right to commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's patients outside of the U.S.

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