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Ionis and AstraZeneca close deal to develop and commercialize eplontersen

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | December 30, 2021

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  the leader in RNA-targeted therapies,  announced the closing of the collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca to develop and commercialize eplontersen, Ionis' investigational antisense medicine for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, following expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Eplontersen, formerly known as IONIS-TTR-LRx, is designed to reduce the production of transthyretin, or TTR protein, to treat ATTR, a systemic, progressive and fatal disease. It uses Ionis' advanced LIgand-Conjugated Antisense technology.

As previously announced, the companies will jointly develop and commercialize eplontersen in the U.S. AstraZeneca has an exclusive license for eplontersen outside the U.S., except certain countries in Latin America. Under the terms of the agreement, Ionis will receive a $200 million upfront payment, up to $485 million in development and approval milestones, and up to $2.9 billion in sales-related milestone payments. The collaboration includes territory-specific development, commercial and medical affairs cost-sharing provisions. Ionis is also eligible to earn royalties in the range of low double-digit to mid-20s percentage depending on region. Additional details about the agreement can be found in Ionis' Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Dec. 7, 2021.

About Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
For more than 30 years, Ionis has been the leader in RNA-targeted therapy, pioneering new markets and changing standards of care with its novel antisense technology. Ionis currently has three marketed medicines and a premier late-stage pipeline highlighted by industry-leading neurological and cardiometabolic franchises. Our scientific innovation began and continues with the knowledge that sick people depend on us, which fuels our vision of becoming one of the most successful biotechnology companies.

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Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. | December 07, 2022

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The interaction between Favipiravir and Onternabez against SARS-COV-2 yields a positive Molecule Synergy probability which is considered significant and justifies the combination of the two drugs to create a new therapeutic that is expected to be beneficial to increase treatment efficacy and reduce the duration of disease. Favipiravir can control the source of infection. Onternabez would contribute to the antiviral efficacy and can control the result of infection. "We are very pleased by these artificial intelligence results as well as the recent positive results from the PIONEER trial. This underscores our commitment with Cellvera to developing an innovative combination drug candidate to combat viral diseases. We are more excited than ever about our collaboration with Cellvera and the possibility of delivering the next scientific breakthroughs." 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