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SK Biopharmaceuticals and twoXAR Sign Collaboration Agreement to Discover and Develop

First-In-Class Treatments for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


SK Biopharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company focused on disorders of central nervous system and cancer, and twoXAR, Inc., an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven biopharmaceutical company, today announced an agreement to discover and develop first-in-class therapeutics for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


Under the agreement, twoXAR will use its AI discovery technology to identify a set of initial candidates with the potential to treat lung cancer through novel biological mechanisms of action. After screening, SK Biopharmaceuticals plans to use its internal AI Drug Design technology to optimize a lead candidate and then conduct IND-enabling studies. SK Biopharmaceuticals will retain exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize the drug candidate. twoXAR will receive an upfront payment and will be eligible for development and commercial milestone payments in addition to royalties.


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths globally with a 5-year survival rate of less than 18%[1]. The two main types of lung cancer are small cell and non-small cell, accounting for 10-15% and 85% of all lung cancers, respectively. Treatment is based on the lung cancer stage and subtype, and generally consists of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these treatments. However, the disease is known to become resistant to current lines of therapy. It is estimated that there were 2 million new lung cancer cases diagnosed worldwide in 2018[2]. 


AI-powered approaches are pioneering new, more efficient ways to find promising new drug candidates and are enabling SK Biopharmaceuticals to build the next-generation pharmaceutical company,” said Cheol-Young Maeng, PhD, Vice President of Cancer Research at SK Biopharmaceuticals. “We are excited to combine twoXAR’s and SK Biopharmaceuticals’ technologies because of the potential to progress drug candidates from hypotheses to IND-enabling studies faster than ever before.”


“SK Biopharmaceuticals’ focus on powering end-to-end drug discovery and development by adopting new technologies to foster efficiencies makes them an ideal partner for twoXAR,” said Andrew A. Radin, Co-Founder and CEO of twoXAR. “As the leading cause of cancer death, lung cancer is a serious disease with high unmet need. We are pleased to be working with SK Biopharmaceuticals, who’s achieved remarkable success from discovery to filing for FDA approval, to combine our complementary platforms with a shared commitment to rapidly identify, validate, and develop novel treatments for lung cancer patients in need.”


About SK Biopharmaceuticals

SK Biopharmaceuticals is focused on research and development of treatments for disorders of central nervous system (CNS) and cancer.


Currently, SK Biopharmaceuticals is conducting research for the development of innovative new drugs at its research center in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province, Korea. Further, the company is pursuing global clinical development and direct marketing through its U.S. subsidiary, SK Life Science, Inc., in Paramus, New Jersey, USA.


SK Biopharmaceuticals has a pipeline of eight compounds in development for the treatment of CNS disorders including epilepsy, sleep disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among others. The first product the company is planning to commercialize, cenobamate (YKP3089), is an investigational compound for the potential treatment of partial-onset seizures in adult patients.  The NDA for cenobamate for the potential treatment of partial-onset seizures in adult patients is currently under review by the FDA. For more information, visit SK Biopharmaceuticals’ website at


About twoXAR

twoXAR is an artificial intelligence-driven biopharmaceutical company that leverages its computational platform to identify promising drug candidates, de-risk the opportunities through preclinical studies, and progress drug product candidates into the clinic through industry partnerships. Based in Mountain View, California, the twoXAR team includes experts in drug discovery and development, biomedical informatics, computational biology, data science and software development. Investors in twoXAR include SoftBank Ventures, the Andreessen Horowitz Bio Fund, OS Fund, CLI Ventures, and the Stanford-StartX Fund. For more information, please visit


[1] American Lung Association website. Lung Cancer Fact Sheet. Accessed April 5, 2019 at

[2] World Cancer Research Fund website. Lung Cancer Statistics. Accessed April 5, 2019 at


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1. Collection, Purpose, and Use of Personal Information

The Company collects only the minimum amount of personal information required to provide our services, and the collected personal information will only be used for the purposes stated in this policy. Your personal information is not used for any other purposes or disclosed to an outside source without prior authorization.

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  • Method of collection : Collection through inquiries made through the website’s contact us section

2. Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Party

The Company uses the provided personal information only for the purposes stated in Article 1, and does not use your personal information or disclose such information to a third party without prior authorization. However, exceptions are provided if Company receives disclosure requests in accordance with procedures designated by the law. The following are examples of such exceptions.

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3. Retention and Storage Period of Personal Information

The Company immediately destroys personal information a year after achieving the purpose of collection. However, if storage is necessary in accordance with applicable laws, the Company may store personal information for a period of time required by such law.

4. Destruction Procedure and Method of Personal Information

1. Destruction Procedure

  • In the event the Company no longer needs to maintain the personal information such as when the retention period has expired or the Company has achieved the information’s purpose, the Company shall immediately destroy such personal information.
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2. Destruction Method

  • Personal information that is printed on paper shall be destroyed by being shredded or incinerated.
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5. Rights and Duties of Information Provider and Exercising Methods

1. You may at any time make the following requests to exercise your privacy rights.

  • Request to access personal information
  • Request to revise information in case of error
  • Request to withdraw agreement/delete information
  • Request to cease operation

2. To exercise the rights stated in Article 5-1, you may state the request through a written statement, email, or fax, and the Company shall promptly execute the request upon receipt.

3. If the Company receives a request from the information provider to revise or delete personal information for any reason including error, the Company shall not use or provide personal information until the revision or deletion is completed.

4. You may exercise the rights stated in Article 5-1 through a delegated figure (“Agent”). However, in order for Agent to exercise the rights of information provider, Agent must submit a letter of attorney completed by the information provider.

5. The Company does not collect personal information from minors in principle. However, in the event that the collection of personal information from a minor is inevitable through 1:1 inquiry, the Company shall seek agreement from a legal representative and immediately destroy the information once the information’s purpose has been achieved or the authorized retention period has expired.

6. Measures to Secure Safety of Personal Information

The Company has established and is operating the following technical and managerial security measures to ensure that the collected personal information is not lost, stolen, leaked, falsified, or damaged.

1. Managerial Security Measures

  • The Company has established and is operating internal security plans in regards to privacy.

2. Technical Security Measures

  • Control of access to personal information and limited rights to access: The Company has installed security programs to prevent hackers or computer viruses from leaking and damaging personal information and is conducting regular updates and maintenance.
  • The Company has appointed the minimum number of representatives that have access to personal information and conducts regular internal training sessions. The training of such representatives is held on a strictly confidential basis and the Company prescribes clear responsibilities in accidents regarding personal information to all current and former employees.

7. Contacts of Personal Information Manager and Representative

To protect the personal information provided to us and handle complaints and inquiries from information providers regarding their personal information, the Company has designated the following department and representative in charge of protecting personal information.

  • Personal Information Representative and Department : Wan-ho Nam, SK Biopharmaceuticals Business Strategy Team, Business Management Manager
  • Phone : +82-31-8093-0114
  • Email :

8. Amendment and Notice of Privacy Policy

1. This Privacy Policy takes effect starting July 1, 2018.

2. In the event of any future addition, deletion, revision, and such amendments to the privacy policy following changes in applicable laws or security technology, the Company will notify the purpose and contents of the amendment on the Company’s website at least a week prior to enacting the amended privacy policy.

Date of notice and enactment: July 1, 2018