Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | August 24, 2021
Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Azurity will be acquiring Arbor from existing investors including JW Asset Management and KKR. Following the completion of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, Azurity and Arbor will merge, creating a leading company offering innovative, high-value products to meet the unique needs of patients with underserved conditions. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“I am proud of the business that our team has built over the last ten years and am confident that the combined entity will enhance our success and provide more treatment options for patients.”
“Arbor is excited to be joining forces with Azurity to further our goal of bringing innovative products to the market that improve patients’ lives,” commented Ed Schutter, CEO of Arbor. “I am proud of the business that our team has built over the last ten years and am confident that the combined entity will enhance our success and provide more treatment options for patients.”
The combined company, operating as Azurity, will have a portfolio of products serving the unmet needs of patients in the cardiovascular, central nervous system, endocrinological, gastrointestinal, and institutional markets. Azurity will build upon each company’s legacy of success through a distinctive portfolio of 10 exclusively promoted, FDA-approved, branded product families, more than 30 total commercialized products, and a robust pipeline of mid and late-stage products under development. Azurity will continue to develop and commercialize its portfolio of products and deliver them at the right time, in the right way, to the right patients, through a spectrum of healthcare professionals.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Azurity,” said Jeff Edwards, Partner at NovaQuest Private Equity, the majority owner of Azurity. “This combination accelerates our shared vision of building the leading patient-centric company that differentiates itself by bringing distinctive, high-value products that meet the unique needs of our patients, through state-of-the-art innovation and commercialization capabilities.”
“Today is a tremendous milestone for both Arbor and Azurity, and a strong validation of the products that they provide to patients in need,” said Jason Wild, Chairman of Arbor and Chief Investment Officer of JW Asset Management.
“We are proud to have supported Arbor and its management team and are excited for the company’s next phase of growth in partnership with Azurity,” added Ali Satvat, Co-Head of Americas Health Care Private Equity and Global Head of Health Care Strategic Growth at KKR.
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Truist Securities, Inc. are financing sources for the transaction for Azurity. Smith Anderson served as legal advisor to Azurity. MTS Health Partners, L.P. served as exclusive sell-side financial advisor and King & Spalding served as legal advisor to Arbor. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal advisor to KKR. Pending regulatory approvals, the companies anticipate closing the transaction in September.
About Azurity Pharmaceuticals:
Azurity Pharmaceuticals is a privately-held, specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the needs of patients requiring customized, user-friendly drug formulations and dosage forms. Azurity’s patient centric products span the cardiovascular, neurology, gastro-intestinal and institutional markets. Azurity’s products have benefited millions of patients for which conventional oral dosage forms are not ideal and whose needs are not served by other commercially available therapies.
About Arbor Pharmaceuticals:
Arbor Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a specialty pharmaceutical company marketing FDA-approved prescription products in the neuroscience, cardiovascular, and institutional markets. In addition to an extensive pipeline, the company actively pursues growth through acquisition and licensing of late-stage development products.
About NovaQuest Private Equity:
NovaQuest Private Equity is a leading investor in technology and services companies in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. NovaQuest was formed in 2000 with the vision of building an investment platform to provide strategic capital and operational leverage in partnership with strong management teams. The investment team consists of highly seasoned operational and investment professionals with significant investment experience and deep life science and healthcare expertise. Furthermore, NovaQuest benefits from an extensive network of industry experts and relationships that assist in identifying, analyzing and growing NovaQuest portfolio companies and investments.
About JW Asset Management:
JW Asset Management is a New York based fund manager with combined assets under management in excess of $1.5 billion. Jason Wild, the firm’s founder and Chief Investment Officer, is a registered pharmacist and Chairman of Arbor Pharmaceuticals and TerrAscend Corp. JW Asset Management has a history of finding attractive investment opportunities and actively invests in both public and private markets.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management and capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of The Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries.
Fusion | October 23, 2021
Fusion Pharmaceuticals a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing next-generation radiopharmaceuticals as precision medicines, today announced the presentation of preclinical data that provide further support of its FPI-1966 and FPI-2059 targeted alpha therapies at the 34th Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Congress. These data reinforce the clinical dosing regimen of FPI-1966 and highlight the potential of FPI-2059 as an actinium-225 labelled precision medicine targeting NTSR1.
"These data demonstrate the broad potential of our TAT platform across multiple validated targets overexpressed in a variety of solid tumors, We are pleased to share preclinical efficacy and tumor uptake data resulting from the administration of FPI-1966, and we believe strongly that this data will translate into meaningful results for patients with solid tumors overexpressing FGFR3 – a population with high unmet medical need. We look forward to initiating the Phase 1 study around the end of this year."
Chief Executive Officer John Valliant, Ph.D
Data from preclinical studies of FPI-1966, a TAT designed to target and deliver actinium-225 to cancer cells expressing FGFR3, were presented in an oral presentation titled, "FGFR3 Targeted Alpha Therapeutic [225Ac]-FPI-1966 induces regression in preclinical bladder xenograft model". Outcomes demonstrated that FPI-1966 when administered with vofatamab results in high tumor delivery and low off-target uptake. Further, the data showed therapeutic efficacy of FPI-1966 at both single and multiple doses in a preclinical bladder cancer xenograft model.
Data from preclinical studies of FPI-2059, a TAT designed to target and deliver actinium-225 to cancer cells expressing neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1), were presented in an oral presentation titled "NTSR1 Targeted Alpha Therapeutic [225Ac]-FPI-2059 induces regression in preclinical colorectal xenograft model". The study results include a head-to-head comparison of therapeutic efficacy obtained from FPI-2059, which delivers an alpha emitting isotope, with [177Lu]-IPN-1087, which delivers a beta emitting isotope on the same targeting molecule. Results demonstrate superior efficacy with [225Ac]-FPI-2059 in a mouse xenograft model of colorectal cancer.
Dr. Valliant continued, "Our science is based on the belief that alpha-emitting isotopes can provide significant therapeutic advantages compared to other commonly used radioisotopes. Preclinical results from our FPI-2059 product candidate provide further validation of this belief and support the diversification of our product portfolio to comprise multiple targeting vehicle types, including small molecules. We are pleased to be advancing further preclinical studies of FPI-2059 as we approach an investigational new drug (IND) filing in the first half of 2022."
[225Ac]-FPI-1966 is a targeted alpha therapy designed to target and deliver an alpha emitting medical isotope, actinium-225, to cancer cells expressing FGFR3; a receptor that is overexpressed on several tumor types, including head and neck and bladder cancers. FPI-1966 utilizes Fusion's Fast-Clear™ linker to connect vofatamab, the human monoclonal antibody that targets FGFR3, with actinium-225. Vofatamab was previously evaluated as a therapeutic agent in a Phase 1b/2 trial and was reportedly well-tolerated. FPI-1966 is advancing to a Phase 1 study following the recent investigational new drug (IND) clearance
FPI-2059 is a targeted alpha therapy combining actinium-225 with IPN-1087, for development as a targeted alpha therapy for various solid tumors. The molecule targets NTSR1, a promising target for cancer treatment, that is overexpressed in multiple solid tumors. IPN-1087 was in Phase 1 clinical development as a lutetium-177-based radiopharmaceutical for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, colorectal cancer and gastric cancers expressing NTSR1. Fusion expects to submit an IND for FPI-2059 in the first half of 2022.
Fusion Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing next-generation radiopharmaceuticals as precision medicines. Employing a proprietary Fast-Clear™ linker technology, Fusion connects alpha particle emitting isotopes to various targeting molecules in order to selectively deliver the alpha emitting payloads to tumors. Fusion's lead program, FPI-1434 targeting insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor, is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial. The pipeline includes FPI-1966, targeting the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3), advancing to a Phase 1 study following the recent investigational new drug (IND) clearance; and FPI-2059, a small molecule targeting neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1). In addition to a robust proprietary pipeline, Fusion has a collaboration with AstraZeneca to jointly develop novel targeted alpha therapies (TATs) and combination programs between Fusion's TATs and AstraZeneca's DNA Damage Repair Inhibitors (DDRis) and immuno-oncology agents. Fusion has also entered into a collaboration with Merck to evaluate FPI-1434 in combination with Merck's KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with solid tumors expressing IGF-1R. Fusion and Hamilton, Ontario-based McMaster University are building a current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facility designed to support manufacturing of the Company's growing pipeline of TATs.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to the statements regarding Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (the "Company") future business and financial performance. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "expect," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "will," and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements, as are expressed or implied statements with respect to the uncertainties inherent in the drug development process, including FPI-1966 and FPI-2059 early stage of development; the ability to move in-licensed targets forward in the clinic; the process of designing and conducting preclinical and clinical trials; the regulatory approval processes; the timing of regulatory filings; and the challenges associated with manufacturing drug products generally and radiopharmaceuticals specifically. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These and other risks which may impact management's expectations are described in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 as filed with the SEC and in any subsequent periodic or current report that the Company files with the SEC. All forward-looking statements reflect the Company's estimates only as of the date of this release (unless another date is indicated) and should not be relied upon as reflecting the Company's views, expectations or beliefs at any date subsequent to the date of this release. While Fusion may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, even if the Company's estimates change.
Eirion Therapeutics, Inc. | September 09, 2021
Eirion Therapeutics, Inc., an aesthetic dermatology company headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, announced that HTL Biotechnology, the worldwide leader in biotechnology solutions using hyaluronic acid and other biopolymers, will become Eirion's exclusive botulinum active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer.
Botulinum is the active ingredient in Eirion's lead product candidate ET-01, a topical neuromodulator being developed for Crow's Feet wrinkles and primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) that is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials, as well as in their liquid injectable neuromodulator product candidate being developed for glabellar wrinkles, AI-09.
As part of the agreement, HTL will build, validate and operate a botulinum manufacturing facility in the US. In the future, HTL expects to apply to the CDC to have the facility certified to manufacture botulinum and later apply to the FDA to have it certified as a GMP plant.
Under the agreement, HTL will pay for the construction, the validation and the operation of the US manufacturing facility, which is expected to become operational in 2022. In exchange, Eirion will begin paying manufacturing fees to HTL in 2023, with HTL also later sharing in the potential commercial success of ET-01 and AI-09, if approved.
"This agreement marks an important expansion of HTL's biotechnology platform beyond our already industry-leading work in hyaluronic acid and bio-polymer manufacturing, as well as a key milestone in HTL's expanding footprint in North America," commented HTL CEO Yvon Bastard. "HTL believes that Eirion's products could be game-changers in the aesthetic field thanks to their substantial benefits for patients. Providing leading, innovative companies with the solutions that will empower them to change the lives of patients is our core purpose, which explains why we are particularly excited by this partnership" added Charles Ruban, HTL deputy CEO.
About Eirion Therapeutics, Inc.
Eirion Therapeutics, Inc. is a privately held, clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that is developing next-generation prescription products for aesthetic dermatology. Eirion currently has a rich pipeline of products focusing on treatments for wrinkles, primary axillary hyperhidrosis, androgenic alopecia, and hair greying. In the future, Eirion plans to also pursue additional indications that address other major unmet clinical needs for physicians and their patients. Earlier this year, Eirion closed a $40 million investment and licensing deal with Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Ltd in China.