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BMS gets exclusive rights to acquire Promedior

2 September 2015  •  Author: Victoria White

Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into an agreement that grants it exclusive rights to acquire Promedior and gain worldwide rights to its lead asset PRM-151.

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PRM-151 is a recombinant form of human pentraxin-2 protein in Phase 2 development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and myelofibrosis (MF). PRM-151 has been granted Fast Track designation in the US and Orphan designation in the US and Europe for the treatment of MF and IPF. Promedior is a clinical stage immunotherapy company pioneering the development of targeted therapeutics to treat fibrotic diseases. Total aggregate payments to Promedior under the agreement have the potential to reach $1.25 billion.

“Bristol-Myers Squibb continues to invest in building a diverse specialty portfolio, focusing on innovative approaches that can transform the treatment landscape for patients with serious diseases,” said Francis Cuss, MB BChir, FRCP, executive vice president and chief scientific officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “PRM-151 will complement our growing early-stage fibrosis portfolio, and we are excited by its potential to address multiple fibrotic diseases.”

“We are pleased that Bristol-Myers Squibb has recognised the value of Promedior’s clinically validated approach to directly address the underlying pathology of diseases involving fibrosis,” said Suzanne L. Bruhn, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Promedior. “With the strong strategic fit between our companies, we intend to continue to move PRM-151 forward rapidly as a new treatment option to address the unmet needs of patients with myelofibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and other fibrotic diseases.”

Phase 2 trials of PRM-151 in MF and IPF will be initiated in coming weeks

PRM-151 has been shown in multiple preclinical models to regulate monocytes and macrophages at areas of tissue damage to prevent and reverse fibrosis, including IPF, acute and chronic nephropathy, liver fibrosis, and age-related macular degeneration. Promedior has advanced PRM-151 into clinical trials focused on MF and IPF.

Under the terms of the agreement, a development plan for PRM-151 will be executed by Promedior. It is anticipated that the Phase 2 trials in MF and IPF will be initiated in the coming weeks. Bristol-Myers Squibb can exercise its right to acquire Promedior upon completion of either of these trials.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is developing an early stage fibrosis portfolio that includes BMS-986020, a lysophosphatidic acid 1 (LPA1) receptor antagonist in Phase 2 development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Other areas of focus include nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), systemic sclerosis, and chronic kidney disease. Additionally, the company has executed a series of agreements aimed at further advancing its fibrosis development program, including an option to acquire Galecto Biotech, a company with an inhaled inhibitor of galectin-3 in Phase 1 development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a research collaboration and license agreement with the California Institute for Biomedical Research, and a translational research collaboration with The Medical University of South Carolina.

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