Novartis in collaboration deal worth potential $1.2 billion with Cerulean

pharmafile | October 20, 2016 | News story | Business Services, Manufacturing and Production, Medical Communications, Research and Development, Sales and Marketing Cerulean, NDC, Novartis 

Novartis has signed an agreement with Cerulean Pharma, worth a potential $1.2 billion depending on milestones met, to co-develop nanoparticle-drug conjugates (NDCs). The combination will see Cerulean create NDCs that specifically attack tumour cells, which could then be used in conjunction with Novartis’ compounds.

The deal is broken down into $5 million upfront whilst Novartis will fund five full-time employees to work on the development of NDCs at Cerulean. Novartis will also pay the company a fee of $7 million for each designation target prior to initiating clinical studies. Cerulean is also eligible to receive $41.5 million in milestone payments and up to $185 million dependent on sales. Thereafter, there will be the potential for single or low double-digit royalties on sales.

“Novartis is widely recognized as one of the world leaders in drug development,” said Christopher D.T. Guiffre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cerulean. “This collaboration is further validation of our powerful technology platform, and we are excited that Novartis is including NDCs in its drug discovery and development efforts. We are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to Novartis’ pipeline, and we believe that partnering with them will help accelerate our efforts to provide safer and more effective options to cancer patients.”

Cerulean currently has several NDC candidates going through Phase I and II trials.

Ben Hargreaves

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