Array BioPharma signs agreement with Novartis for worldwide development of ARRY-162

Array BioPharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRY) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Novartis for the worldwide development of the small-molecule MEK inhibitors ARRY-162, currently in a Phase 1 cancer trial, its back-up, ARRY-300, and other MEK inhibitors.

“We believe ARRY-162 will benefit from the additional resources of a major pharmaceutical company to rapidly maximize its promise as a cancer treatment, both as a single agent and in combination therapy. Novartis is the right partner because of its track record in developing and commercializing important new cancer therapies.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Array will initially receive $45 million comprising an upfront and milestone payment and is eligible to receive an additional $422 million if certain clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones are achieved. In addition, Array plans to co-develop ARRY-162 in one or more specific indications and fund a portion of development costs. The agreement provides Array with double-digit royalties on sales of approved drugs outside of the U.S., with a significantly higher royalty rate for U.S. sales provided that Array meets its co-funding obligations. Array also has a co-detailing right in the U.S. for approved drugs.

"This agreement with Novartis is a major advance in our strategic objective to become a fully integrated, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company," said Robert E. Conway, Chief Executive Officer, Array BioPharma. "We believe ARRY-162 will benefit from the additional resources of a major pharmaceutical company to rapidly maximize its promise as a cancer treatment, both as a single agent and in combination therapy. Novartis is the right partner because of its track record in developing and commercializing important new cancer therapies."

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