28.03.2013 - Japanese Otsuka and Danish Lundbeck have inked a US$825m co-development and co-marketing deal in Alzheimer's disease.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Copenhagen-based neurology specialist will grant Otsuka (Tokyo) co-development and co-commercialisation rights to its selective 5-HT6-receptor antagonist LU AE58054 in the US, Canada, East Asia, Japan, and major European pharma markets.
The Japanese company will pay US$150m upfront. Both companies will share the sales, development, and commercialisation costs. Lundbeck is also entitled to up to US$675m in milestones.
A pivotal clinical programme with Lu AE58054 enroling more than 2,500 patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease is planned to be initiated later this year. Lu AE58054 will be tested as adjunct treatment to donepezil. Last May, Lundbeck reported that Lu AE58054 had met its primary endpoint in a 24-week clinical Phase II trial in 278 patients in the same setting as the confirmatory Phase III study.
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