Ipsen and Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Renegotiate Strategic Partnership Agreement for Up to $50 Million
Published: Aug 21, 2012
The new agreement aims to establish an effective structure whereby Ipsen gains commercial rights in key territories. Inspiration remains responsible for the world-wide development of OBI-1 and IB1001.
As part of the renegotiation, Ipsen paid Inspiration $30.0 million (approximately €24.0 million, based on current exchange rates) upfront. Including this upfront payment, Ipsen is entitled to pay Inspiration milestones for a total amount of up to $200m, of which $27.5m are regulatory milestones and the remaining are commercial milestones. Both companies believe this new agreement will facilitate Inspiration’s ability to raise independent third party financing to meet its financing needs until a potential equity offering in 2013.
Under the new agreement and in its territories1:
Ipsen recovers commercial rights to OBI-1;
Ipsen is granted commercial rights for IB1001.
Consequently, Ipsen will:
Record sales of OBI-1 and IB1001 in its drug sales line;
Pay Inspiration a mid-teen royalty on OBI-1 sales and a higher double digit royalty on IB1001’s sales;
In Inspiration’s territories2, Ipsen will receive a mid-twenties royalty on sales of OBI-1.
Previous contractual obligations have also been reset, notably:
The remaining potential $29.0m milestone payments by Ipsen are cancelled;
Ipsen’s call option to acquire full control of Inspiration is now to expire upon successful refinancing of Inspiration;
Ipsen will no longer act as Inspiration’s commercial agent, as such the European commercial organization is no longer billed to Inspiration.
As part of this new agreement, Ipsen will be entitled to appoint two additional members (out of a total of 9) to Inspiration’s Board of Directors.
Furthermore, under the new terms, Ipsen has agreed to invest up to $20.0 million in Inspiration, as follows:
If Inspiration raises external funding prior to August 31, 2012, Ipsen will pay $20.0 million in exchange for equity;
If Inspiration does not raise external funding prior to August 31, 2012, Ipsen will pay $7.5 million and receive a warrant for 15% of Inspiration’s equity. Ipsen has an option to exercise the warrant should Inspiration fail to raise external funding by September 30, 2012;
If Inspiration raises external funding prior to September 30, 2012, Ipsen will pay an additional $12.5 million in exchange for equity.
About the agreement between Inspiration and Ipsen and the product portfolio
In January 2010, Inspiration entered into a strategic agreement with Ipsen, leveraging the combined expertise and resources of the two companies, to develop a broad portfolio of hemophilia products and two products in phase III. IB1001, an investigational intravenous recombinant factor IX (rFIX) therapy for the treatment and prevention of bleeding episodes in people with hemophilia B and OBI-1 an investigational intravenous recombinant porcine factor VIII (rpFVIII) therapy for the treatment of people with i) acquired hemophilia A and ii) congenital hemophilia A who have developed inhibitors against human FVIII.
In August 2011, Ipsen and Inspiration announced the extension of their agreement to create a hemophilia business unit structure that will act as the exclusive sales organization for all hemophilia products commercialized under the Inspiration brand in Europe.
In July 2012 Inspiration announced that IB1001 was placed on clinical hold by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In August 2012, Ipsen and Inspiration announce the renegotiation of their strategic agreement.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with total sales exceeding €1.1 billion in 2011. Ipsen’s ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its development strategy is supported by four franchises: neurology / Dysport®, endocrinology / Somatuline®, uro-oncology / Decapeptyl® and hemophilia. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins. In 2011, R&D expenditure totaled more than €250 million, above 21% of Group sales. The Group has total worldwide staff of close to 4,500 employees. Ipsen’s shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the “Service de Règlement Différé” (“SRD”). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY. For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
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1 Europe (EU, Switzerland, Monaco, Norway, Lichtenstein, Georgia, Bosnia, Albania and all EU candidates excluding Turkey), Russia and CIS (Community of Independent States), part of Asia Pacific (main countries are Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam) and certain countries in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya)
2 Countries outside Ipsen territories
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