Biohaven Licenses Taldefgrobep Alfa, a Phase 3-Ready Anti-Myostatin Adnectin for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), from Bristol Myers Squibb
- Biohaven acquires worldwide rights to phase 3-ready neuromuscular program
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Biohaven Pharma Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: BHVN) ("Biohaven") announced today that it entered into a worldwide license agreement with Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) for the development and commercialization rights to taldefgrobep alfa, a novel, Phase 3-ready anti-myostatin adnectin. Taldefgrobep is the third development asset licensed to Biohaven from Bristol Myers Squibb and a clinical trial for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is expected to begin in 2022.
Myostatin is a natural protein that limits skeletal muscle growth, an important process in healthy muscular development. However, in patients with neuromuscular diseases, active myostatin can critically limit the growth needed to achieve developmental and functional milestones. Myostatin inhibition has potential as a therapeutic strategy for enhancing muscle mass and strength in a range of pediatric and adult neuromuscular conditions.
Taldefgrobep is a muscle-targeted experimental treatment developed for neuromuscular disease and offers the opportunity for combination therapy. As a leader in innovative trials addressing neurodegenerative diseases, Biohaven plans to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial of taldefgrobep in SMA in 2022. SMA is a rare, progressively debilitating motor neuron disease in which development and growth of muscle mass are compromised, resulting in progressive weakness and muscle atrophy, reduced motor function, impaired quality of life and often death.
Vlad Coric, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Biohaven stated, "We are extremely excited about the potential for taldefgrobep to improve the lives of patients and families affected by neuromuscular diseases. We believe the development of innovative anti-myostatin therapies designed to enhance muscle mass and strength may represent the next frontier of neuromuscular treatments and will build on the tremendous progress made by existing motor neuron-targeted therapies."
Dr. Coric added, "The in-licensing of this late-stage asset demonstrates Biohaven's commitment to addressing patients' needs, and particularly those suffering from rare neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders."
The in-licensing of taldefgrobep expands Biohaven's portfolio of innovative, late-stage product candidates for the treatment of neurologic, neuroinflammatory, and psychiatric indications. Under the terms of the agreement, Biohaven will receive worldwide rights to taldefgrobep and Bristol Myers Squibb will be eligible for regulatory approval milestone payments, as well as tiered, sales-based royalties beginning in the high teens.
"We are happy to see such great progress with the approvals and the impact of potential genetic treatments for SMA, but our work is not done yet and we need to now find innovative and efficacious therapies that will work in combination to help restore muscle strength and function, especially for older and symptomatic individuals affected by SMA," said Kenneth Hobby, President, Cure SMA.
John Tilton, Chief Commercial Officer, Rare Diseases at Biohaven added, "The addition of taldefgrobep to Biohaven's portfolio of clinical-stage rare disease therapies aligns with our mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and families affected by devastating conditions with high unmet medical need. We look forward to partnering with the entire SMA community in bringing this potential treatment - and further hope - to people living with SMA."
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