Pfizer Acquires Minority Interest in Biopharmaceutical Company; Secures Option to Acquire
AM-Pharma B.V. and Pfizer Inc. recently announced that Pfizer has acquired a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma and secured an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the company. The option becomes exercisable upon completion of a Phase II trial of recAP in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) related to sepsis. There are no drugs currently approved for this condition and the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. Results from the current Phase II trial for recAP are expected in the second half of 2016.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has made an upfront payment of $87.5 million for the minority equity interest and exclusive option, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5 million upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Pfizer is committed to advancing the science to address the high unmet medical need in Acute Kidney Injury” said Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, President, Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer. “Clinical data for recAP show the potential to uniquely address Acute Kidney Injury in the setting of sepsis, and we look forward to working with our partners at AM-Pharma as we aim to accelerate the development of recAP into a potential first-in-class treatment for patients.”
Erik van den Berg, CEO of AM-Pharma added “This agreement is a significant step for AM-Pharma, and we welcome Pfizer as a shareholder and dedicated partner. This deal not only provides good shareholder value, but provides the next step in the development of recAP as a potential treatment for patients with Acute Kidney Injury and other inflammatory diseases.”
Ropes & Gray LLP and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. acted as legal advisors to Pfizer, and Dechert LLP and Clifford Chance LLP acted as legal advisors to AM-Pharma.
AM-Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the preclinical and clinical development of recAP (recombinant Human Alkaline Phosphatase) as a treatment of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), Ulcerative Colitis (UC), and Hypophosphatasia (HPP). Based on the strong results of the Phase II trials with bovine Alkaline Phosphatase in AKI and UC, AM-Pharma developed an innovative recombinant form of human Alkaline Phosphatase (recAP), which will be used in future trials and for commercialization. Since inception, the company has raised €67 million from a syndicate of international investors, including Inventages, Forbion Capital Partners, Gilde Healthcare, Ysios Capital, Kurma biofund, IDInvest Partners, BB Biotech Ventures, Abbvie and Shire. The most recent financing round in September 2014 was €12.2 million, for the completion of a Phase II study of recAP in AKI patients, as well as continued development of an oral formulation of recAP for UC patients. For more information, visit www.am-pharma.com.
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