Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca to collaborate on Type 2 diabetes compunds

Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca have announced a collaboration to develop and commercialize two investigational compounds being studied for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Both compounds were discovered by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Saxagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, is currently in Phase III development. Upon successful completion of the development program, the companies plan to file for U.S. regulatory approval of saxagliptin during the first half of 2008. Dapagliflozin (previously referred to as BMS-512148), a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, is currently in Phase IIb development. The collaboration on these compounds is worldwide, except for Japan. Should either party develop additional DPP-4 or SGLT2 compounds, the other company can elect to add those compounds to the collaboration.

Terms of the agreements include an upfront payment of $100 million by AstraZeneca to Bristol-Myers Squibb. The companies have agreed upon initial development plans for the two compounds. From 2007 through 2009, the majority of development costs will be funded by AstraZeneca. Any additional development costs will be shared equally.

Bristol-Myers Squibb may also receive additional payments of up to $650 million based on development and regulatory milestones for the two compounds. In addition, potential sales milestones up to $300 million per product are also possible. The companies will jointly develop the clinical and marketing strategy of the compounds, and post-launch will share commercialization expenses and profits/losses equally on a global basis, excluding Japan. Bristol-Myers Squibb will manufacture both products and book sales.

"This collaboration provides Bristol-Myers Squibb the opportunity to maximize our primary care assets, and it is aligned with our corporate strategy to concentrate R&D efforts on serious diseases such as diabetes while maintaining commercial focus on specialists and high prescribing primary care physicians," said Jim Cornelius, chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "Bristol-Myers Squibb has a strong legacy in treating Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and we look forward to leveraging the combined expertise of our company and AstraZeneca to further develop and commercialize these compounds."

David Brennan, chief executive officer of AstraZeneca, said, "Diabetes is a disease reaching almost epidemic proportions in many regions throughout the world and is a particular area of scientific interest for AstraZeneca. This deal represents a significant step in delivering our externalization strategy as it gives us access to two strategically important late-stage compounds in an area of high unmet medical need. We believe that Bristol-Myers Squibb's recognized contributions to diabetes research will complement our existing strengths. Additionally, our combined expertise will develop new areas of opportunity for both companies and the potential to bring real medical benefit to the wider community." and


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