- Total deal value of over EUR1 billion; including EUR142.5 million upfront payment and committed R&D funding plus potential milestones and double-digit royalties on net product sales in Europe
- Obicetrapib is a next-generation oral, low-dose and once-daily CETP inhibitor for which promising safety and strong LDL-lowering efficacy has been observed in patients with dyslipidemia through Phase 2b
NewAmsterdam Pharma (NewAmsterdam), a clinical-stage company focused on the research and development of transformative oral therapies for major metabolic diseases, and the Menarini Group (Menarini), an Italy-based, privately held, international pharmaceutical company, today announced an exclusive license agreement for the commercialization of obicetrapib, if approved, in Europe, either as a monotherapy or as part of a fixed dose combination with ezetimibe, for cardiovascular diseases. Obicetrapib is NewAmsterdam's next-generation oral, low-dose and once-daily cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor therapeutic candidate, for which a promising safety and efficacy profile as an LDL-lowering adjunct to maximally tolerated statin therapy in patients with dyslipidemia has been observed through Phase 2b trials. Under the collaboration agreement, NewAmsterdam will retain all rights to commercialize obicetrapib, if approved, in the rest of the world, as well as rights to develop certain forms of obicetrapib for other diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
"We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Menarini," said Michael Davidson, M.D., chief executive officer of NewAmsterdam Pharma. "As we advance obicetrapib through late-stage clinical development, we believe now is the right time to begin laying the groundwork for our global product launch. Menarini is a leading pharmaceutical company with substantial cardiovascular expertise and the greatest share of voice among cardiologists, internists and general practitioners across major European markets, as well as strong relationships with key opinion leaders. We believe they are the right partner to accelerate efforts to maximize the delivery of obicetrapib, upon approval, to the millions of hyperlipidemia patients in Europe who are underserved by existing options."
The collaboration expands Menarini's existing cardiology portfolio of 18 products, which address the most widespread cardiometabolic diseases and aim to prevent and reduce risk factors associated with chronic conditions, with the goal of helping patients restore their quality of life.
"Obicetrapib, if approved, could radically alter the treatment landscape in cardiovascular disease by providing an effective and oral option for hyperlipidemia patients in Europe" said Elcin Barker Ergun, Chief Executive Officer of the Menarini Group. "As a leading company in cardiovascular treatments area, we find it an excellent fit to our portfolio and look forward to collaborating with NewAmsterdam Pharma to advance its development."
Subject to the terms of the agreement, NewAmsterdam will receive an upfront payment of EUR115 million, as well as EUR27.5 million in committed R&D funding, for a total of EUR142.5 million in committed consideration. NewAmsterdam will be eligible to receive up to EUR863 million in potential clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones, bringing the total potential deal value to EUR1,005.5 million. In addition, Menarini will pay NewAmsterdam tiered double-digit percentage royalties from the teens to mid-twenties on net sales of obicetrapib in Europe.
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, NewAmsterdam will be responsible for further clinical development of obicetrapib and the parties will cooperate in regulatory activities to secure approval for the product. Menarini will be responsible for all commercialization activities in the licensed territory.
"This alliance exemplifies NewAmsterdam's strategy of engaging with the right partner at the right time with the right deal," said Lina Gugucheva, chief business officer of NewAmsterdam Pharma. "In addition to Menarini's strong commercial credentials in the cardiovascular field in Europe, this agreement also brings in proceeds that we expect will substantially fund obicetrapib's development through planned Phase 3 data readouts, while allowing NewAmsterdam to retain substantial participation in the potential commercial opportunity in an important major market."
Moelis & Company LLC is acting as financial advisor and Covington & Burling LLP is acting as legal advisor to NewAmsterdam Pharma. Goldman Sachs is acting as financial advisor to Menarini.
Obicetrapib is a next-generation oral, low-dose and once-daily CETP inhibitor in development for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) and preventing major adverse cardiovascular events. More than 100 million people globally are not achieving LDL-c goals despite the current available standard of care. Obicetrapib was previously tested in ROSE and TULIP randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trials. Results from the ROSE trial, presented in November 2021 at the AHA Scientific Sessions, included observations that patients on statin therapy who received 5 mg of obicetrapib saw an LDL-c reduction of 42%. Patients who were part of the 10 mg cohort were observed to experience a 51% reduction versus baseline, while the placebo cohort was observed to experience a 7% reduction versus baseline. Both doses were observed to be well tolerated, with no serious adverse effects in the two cohorts and two serious AEs in the placebo arm. Currently, Obicetrapib is being tested in three Phase 3 trials, BROADWAY, BROOKLYN and PREVAIL, and a secondary Phase 2 trial, ROSE2. These studies are intended to examine obicetrapib as a combination therapy as well as its efficacy in adjunct to diet and a maximally tolerated lipid-lowering therapy, and reduction of major adverse cardiovascular events.
About NewAmsterdam Pharma
NewAmsterdam Pharma is a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to improve patient care in populations with metabolic diseases where traditional therapies have been unsuccessful or are not tolerated. NewAmsterdam is investigating obicetrapib, a next-generation oral, low-dose and once-daily CETP inhibitor, as the preferred LDL-c-lowering therapy for high-risk cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients. Results from NewAmsterdam's ROSE Phase 2b trial (presented at AHA Scientific Sessions in 2021) included observations that patients receiving obicetrapib 10mg experienced reduced LDL-c by 51% versus baseline in patients on statin therapy (vs. a 7% reduction in the placebo arm). Based in the Netherlands, NewAmsterdam was founded in 2019 by the venture capital firm Forbion and John Kastelein, and closed a $196M (EUR161M) Series A financing in January 2021 led by Forbion, Morningside Ventures and Ascendant BioCapital. For more information, please visit: www.newamsterdampharma.com. ?
The Menarini Group is a leading international pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, with a turnover of over $4 billion and over 17,000 employees. Menarini is focused on therapeutic areas with high unmet needs with products for cardiology, oncology, pneumology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, diabetology, inflammation, and analgesia. With 18 production sites and 9 Research and Development centers, Menarini's products are available in 140 countries worldwide. For further information, please visit www.menarini.com.
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