Starpharma (ASX:SPL) share price shoots 6% higher on Roche agreement

The company’s shares are on the move today.

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The Starpharma Holdings Ltd (ASX: SPL) share price is soaring following the company announcement of a partnership agreement.

At the time of writing, the dendrimer product developer’s shares are up 6.11% to $1.215 apiece. It’s worth noting that in the past week alone, the company’s share price has leapt by almost 17%.

Let’s take a look at what Starpharma updated the ASX with.

Starpharma partners with Roche Group

Investors appear excited by the company’s latest announcement, sending the Starpharma share price to a 2-month high.

According to its release, Starpharma advised it has entered into an exploratory DEP Research Agreement with Genentech.

Founded in 1976, Genentech is an American biotechnology company that became a subsidiary of the Roche Group in March 2009. Genentech develops medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and progressive multiple sclerosis.

The partnership will see an initial focus on evaluating DEP (dendrimer-based) drug chemical compounds.

A leader in dendrimer-based drug delivery, Starpharma’s proprietary drug delivery platform technology, DEP, is used to improve pharmaceuticals. This reduces toxicities and enhances performance across a wide range of drug classes.

Starpharma’s DEP technology has shown promising results so far, producing four clinical-stage products.

The company already has a number of existing DEP agreements with several leading international pharmaceutical companies. These include AstraZeneca, Merck & Co., Chase Sun, and several other undisclosed partnerships.

Starpharma share price summary

At the beginning of 2021, Starpharma shares rocketed to an all-time high of $2.52 in mid-February. However, the sharp rise was followed by a fall with the company’s shares quickly crashing down the following month.

Since then, the Starpharma shares have continued their downward trend, hitting a 52-week low of $1 in November.

Overall, the Starpharma share price is down by almost 5% in the past 12 months and is more than 20% lower in 2021.

The company presides a market capitalisation of roughly $496 million, with approximately 406.68 million shares on its books.

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