Hutchison China MediTech (HCM) is an innovative China-based biopharma company targeting the global market for novel, highly selective oral oncology and immunology drugs. Its established China Healthcare business is growing ahead of the market. HCM is the healthcare arm of CK Hutchison (c 40% listed on AIM and NASDAQ).
Hutchison China MediTech (HCM) has built a substantial pipeline of potentially first- or best-in-class tyrosine kinase inhibitor drugs, some of which are in development with strategic partners. HCM has announced key late-stage asset surufatinib met the primary endpoint of PFS in non-pancreatic NET at the Phase III interim analysis. This translates into an earlier than expected China NDA submission (Q419) and the potential launch of HCM’s first unpartnered asset (early 2021). We forecast two further product launches on the horizon in 2021/22 (China launch of fruquintinib in gastric cancer and global launch of savolitinib in NSCLC). Inclusion of fruquintinib to China’s NRDL (potentially Q419) presents another near-term inflection, as this would enable automatic stocking in state-funded hospitals (and reimbursement). At 30 June 2019, HCM had net cash of $237.3m.
HCM’s profitable Chinese healthcare business continues to benefit from the fast-growing domestic market, while the clinical, regulatory and technological environments are highly conducive to novel drug development. In the longer term, as the oncology pipeline comes to fruition, we expect HCM to become a major oncology company globally.