Concert Pharmaceuticals Receives $50-Million Payment From Auspex Pharmaceuticals

Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently announced that it has received a payment of $50.2 million from Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The payment is pursuant to a September 2011 patent assignment agreement between Concert and Auspex whereby Concert assigned to Auspex a US patent application relating to deuterium-substituted analogs of pirfenidone. Under the agreement, Concert became eligible to receive the payment due to a change of control of Auspex, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd on May 5, 2015.

Concert Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its DCE Platform (deuterated chemical entity platform) to create novel small molecule drugs. This approach starts with approved drugs, advanced clinical candidates, or previously studied compounds that have the potential to be improved with deuterium substitution to enhance clinical safety, tolerability, and efficacy. The company is developing a broad pipeline targeting CNS disorders, genetic diseases, renal disease, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. For more information, visit