Biophytis announces the signature of a master service agreement with Intsel Chimos, a pharmaceutical company that will operate Sarconeos (BIO101) in France for the treatment of severe forms of COVID-19

  • Biophytis and Intsel Chimos signed a master service agreement under which Intsel Chimos will be the operating pharmaceutical company/exploitant, partner and distributor in France for the drug Sarconeos (BIO101) developed by Biophytis in the context of the early access program application.
  • The application request for early access program, currently underway with the Haute Autorité de Santé (the French National Authority for Health, HAS), aims to allow treatment with Sarconeos (BIO101) for hospitalized patients with severe forms of COVID-19 as of the second half of 2023.

Stanislas Veillet, CEO of Biophytis, commented: “The signature of a master service agreement with Intsel Chimos, which will distribute Sarconeos (BIO101) in France as our Pharmaceutical Operator in the early access program in COVID-19, is a major event for Biophytis. The positive results of our Phase 2-3 COVA study in severe forms of COVID-19 open new development perspectives for the company. We are mobilizing all our resources so that Sarconeos (BIO101) can be used to treat hospitalized patients from the second half of 2023 in France, but also in other countries such as Brazil, where we have initiated an early access program. Biophytis is part of a very small group of biotechs that have succeeded in developing a treatment that has demonstrated its efficacy in the treatment of severe forms of Covid-19, and now needs to make it available as soon as possible in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.” 

Corinne Truffault, CEO of Intsel Chimos, said: “We are delighted and very proud to support Biophytis in this new adventure and to contribute to the treatment of these patients. Bringing a new drug to the French market in the framework of early access is always an important step towards the final objective of registering it, and the one proposed by Biophytis, a French start-up, will undoubtedly be brilliantly achieved thanks to our partnership and the close collaboration between our two companies.”

Early access in France is granted by the HAS after the recommendation of the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) on the presumption of efficacy and safety. This is a system that allows the provision and early financial coverage, on an exceptional and derogatory basis, of certain medicinal products that meet an uncovered therapeutic need, that are likely to be innovative and that are not yet authorized in a therapeutic indication.