Development and commercialisation licence SRA737

Sareum Holdings PLC
02 January 2024

Sareum Holdings PLC

("Sareum" or the "Company")

Development and commercialisation licence for SRA737

Cambridge, UK, 2 Jan 2024 - Sareum Holdings plc (AIM: SAR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation kinase inhibitors for autoimmune disease and cancer, today announces that the Company's co-development partner, the CRT Pioneer Fund ("CPF"), has entered into a development and commercialisation licence agreement for SRA737 (the "Licensing Agreement") with a private biopharma company based in the United States (the "Licensee Company").

Under the terms of the Licensing Agreement, an immediate upfront payment of US$0.5 million is due to CPF. An additional fee made up of up to US$1.0 million cash and 500,000 shares in the Licensee Company (the "Consideration Shares") may be payable upon the sooner of 12 months following the signing of the Licensing Agreement, or the event of the Licensee Company achieving certain commercial and material financing objectives. A further announcement regarding any future income, including any Consideration Shares which may be issued, will be made at the appropriate time.  

Additional payments to the aggregate amount of up to US$289 million may become payable to CPF under the Licensing Agreement, subject to achievement of certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones which may or may not be achieved. The Licensee Company will also pay tiered high single digit royalties to CPF on the net sales of any product successfully developed and commercialised.

Under the terms of Sareum's co-development agreements with CPF and Cancer Research Technology Ltd, Sareum is entitled to receive 27.5% of any income arising from this licensing of the SRA737 programme. Therefore, Sareum is entitled to receive US$137,500 from the upfront fee payable under the Licensing Agreement, as well as 27.5% of any future payments payable by the Licensee Company (including any Consideration Shares received), under the terms of the Licensing Agreement.

Dr Tim Mitchell, CEO of Sareum, commented: "SRA737 has shown considerable promise in earlier clinical studies, demonstrating a robust safety profile and preliminary efficacy, in particular in combination with low dose chemotherapy. With CPF, we are very pleased a partner has been identified to advance this exciting molecule into further development and believe this licensing agreement offers the best path forward for SRA737.

"Sareum is entitled to a share of income from potential development and sales milestones from this agreement for SRA737 which have the potential to support Sareum's TYK2/JAK1 development pipeline. The team at Sareum is now focused on our lead programme, SDC-1801, which is progressing in clinical studies in Australia, and more broadly on TYK2/JAK1 inhibitors, a class which we believe has significant potential in autoimmune diseases and cancer."

About SRA737

SRA737 is a clinical-stage oral, selective Checkpoint Kinase 1 inhibitor that targets cancer cell replication and DNA damage repair mechanisms. It was discovered and initially developed by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in collaboration with Sareum, with funding from Sareum and Cancer Research UK.

SRA737 was licensed by CPF to Sierra in September 2016. Sierra progressed SRA737 through Phase 1/2 clinical development and, at the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual meeting, reported positive preliminary efficacy and safety data from two clinical trials evaluating SRA737 as a monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy.

Following the acquisition of Sierra by GSK in July 2022, primarily for Sierra's momelotinib myelofibrosis asset, the rights to SRA737 were returned to CPF in January 2023.


The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended by virtue of the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

- Ends -


For further information, please contact: 

Sareum Holdings plc

Tim Mitchell, CEO

Lauren Williams, Head of Investor Relations



01223 497700


Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

James Dance / James Bellman



020 7409 3494

Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Corporate Broker)

James Steel / Patrick Birkholm



020 7418 8900

Hybridan LLP (Joint Corporate Broker)

Claire Noyce



020 3764 2341

Consilium Strategic Communications (Financial PR)

Jessica Hodgson / Davide Salvi / Stella Lempidaki


0203 709 5700


About Sareum

Sareum Holdings (AIM:SAR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next generation kinase inhibitors for autoimmune disease and cancer.

The Company is focused on developing next generation small molecules which modify the activity of the JAK kinase family and have best-in-class potential. Its lead candidate, SDC-1801, simultaneously inhibits TYK2 and JAK1. SDC-1801 is a potential treatment for a range of autoimmune diseases and has entered Phase 1a/b clinical development with an initial focus on psoriasis.

Sareum is also developing SDC-1802, a TYK2/JAK1 inhibitor with a potential application for cancer immunotherapy.

Sareum Holdings plc is based in Cambridge, UK, and is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, trading under the ticker SAR. For further information, please visit the Company's website at

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact or visit

RNS may use your IP address to confirm compliance with the terms and conditions, to analyse how you engage with the information contained in this communication, and to share such analysis on an anonymised basis with others as part of our commercial services. For further information about how RNS and the London Stock Exchange use the personal data you provide us, please see our Privacy Policy.
UK 100

Latest directors dealings