Verastem, operating as Verastem Oncology, announced their entry into an exclusive licensing agreement with Sanofi to develop and commercialize Verastem Oncology’s COPIKTRA (duvelisib), an oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), and the first approved dual inhibitor of PI3K-delta and PI3K-gamma, for the treatment of all oncology indications in Russia and CIS, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.
Under the terms of the agreement, Verastem Oncology shall receive an upfront payment of $5 million USD. Verastem Oncology is also eligible to receive up to an additional $42 million USD in development and sales milestone payments, plus double-digit percentage royalties based on future net sales of COPIKTRA in the licensed territories. Sanofi will receive exclusive rights to develop and commercialize COPIKTRA, and hold the marketing authorization and product license for COPIKTRA, in the licensed territories. Sanofi will also have the right to collaborate with Verastem Oncology on certain global development and clinical trial activities.
“Sanofi brings world-class capabilities in developing and commercializing products, making them an ideal partner to bring COPIKTRA to patients in these territories,” said Dan Paterson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Verastem Oncology. “Establishing this third partnership outside the U.S. validates the global potential of COPIKTRA and underscores our commitment to bring COPIKTRA to patients worldwide.”
David Khougazian, Head of Sanofi Genzyme, China & Emerging Markets, commented, “As a specialty care leader, we welcome partnerships that have the potential to bring value for patients and caregivers. This agreement adds to our pipeline an oncology medicine with an innovative mechanism of action and a significant potential of new hope for the patients suffering from those types of blood malignancies with high unmet medical need. Partnering with Verastem Oncology for the development and commercialization of COPIKTRA is consistent with our goals to deliver enhanced patient care and to expand our presence in oncology in Emerging Markets.”
COPIKTRA was approved in September 2018 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) after at least two prior therapies. In addition, COPIKTRA has been granted accelerated approval by the FDA for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma (FL) after at least two prior systemic therapies. Accelerated approval in FL was based on overall response rate and continued approval may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials. COPIKTRA includes a Boxed Warning for fatal and serious toxicities including infections, diarrhea or colitis, cutaneous reactions and pneumonitis.
Source: Company Press Release