Molecular Partners Finalizes License Agreement with Novartis for Ensovibep for COVID-19
- Agreement grants global rights of ensovibep to Novartis, who will lead further development and commercialization of the program
- Financial terms include milestone payment of CHF150 million to Molecular Partners and 22% royalty on ensovibep sales in relevant territories
- Collaboration will focus on rapidly progressing ensovibep’s availability to COVID-19 patients via expedited regulatory processes
ZURICH-SCHLIEREN, Switzerland & CONCORD, Mass., Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR:
Molecular Partners AG (SIX: MOLN; NASDAQ: MOLN), a clinical-stage biotech company developing a new class of custom-built protein drugs known as DARPin therapeutics, today announced that Molecular Partners and Novartis have entered into a license agreement under which Novartis will in-license global rights to ensovibep from Molecular Partners. Ensovibep is a DARPin antiviral therapeutic candidate to treat COVID-19, which recently reported positive topline data from the Phase 2 EMPATHY clinical study.
The finalization of this agreement triggers a milestone payment of CHF 150 million to Molecular Partners. Under the license agreement announced today, Molecular Partners will be eligible to receive a 22% royalty on sales in commercial countries, having agreed to forgo royalties in lower income countries and is aligned with Novartis’ plans to ensure affordability based on countries’ needs and capabilities.
Financial guidance update
The Company expects to report approximately CHF 133 million cash and cash equivalents as per December 31, 2021. Upon receipt of the CHF 150 million option exercise milestone from Novartis, Molecular Partners now estimates its cash runway to extend well into 2025, excluding any potential royalty income as well as excluding potential further cash flows to or from R&D partners.
About Molecular Partners AG
Molecular Partners AG is a clinical-stage biotech company developing DARPin therapeutics, a new class of custom-built protein drugs designed to address challenges current modalities cannot. The Company has formed partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to advance DARPin therapeutics in the areas of ophthalmology, oncology and infectious disease, and has compounds in various stages of clinical and preclinical development across multiple therapeutic areas. www.molecularpartners.com; Find us on Twitter - @MolecularPrtnrs
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