Five Prime Therapeutics In License Agreement with Seattle Genetics

Date : 02/19/2020 @ 3:31PM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Seattle Genetics Inc (SGEN)
Quote : 111.07  -0.17 (-0.15%) @ 2:42PM

Five Prime Therapeutics In License Agreement with Seattle Genetics

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By Michael Dabaie


Five Prime Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it is in a global license agreement with Seattle Genetics Inc. to develop and commercialize novel antibody-drug conjugate therapies using monoclonal antibodies developed by Five Prime.

Shares rose 9% to $4.80 in early trading.

Five Prime granted Seattle Genetics an exclusive worldwide license to a family of monoclonal antibodies that are directed to a single target and Seattle Genetics will be responsible for research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of ADC products based on these antibodies.

For the multi-product deal, Five Prime will receive a $5 million upfront payment and is eligible to receive progress-dependent development and regulatory milestone payments as well as cumulative commercial milestone payments. Cumulative milestones may reach up to $295 million for the first ADC product developed and commercialized, Five Prime said.

Five Prime said it will additionally receive tiered mid-single digit royalties on net product sales.

On Tuesday, Five Prime said that Bristol-Myers Squibb informed the company that randomized Phase 2 trial testing of the combination of cabiralizumab with Opdivo with and without chemotherapy in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer didn't meet its primary endpoint. Five Prime said Bristol-Myers has no near-term plans for additional sponsored development of cabiralizumab, but will continue to support the evaluation of cabiralizumab in select, ongoing investigator-sponsored trials and may continue to assess future development opportunities.

Wedbush lowered the stock to neutral from outperform and cut its price target to $5 from $12 a share on the announcement the pancreatic cancer study didn't meet its primary endpoint.

Given that Bristol-Myers Squibb will no longer directly support development of cabiralizumab, "we now see little to no value in the asset and are removing the program from our model," Wedbush said.


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February 19, 2020 10:16 ET (15:16 GMT)

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