Healthcare Industry News: Alzheimer’s Disease
News Release - May 4, 2009
Biovail Enters into Collaboration and License Agreement with Acadia for PimavanserinTransaction Directly On Target with New Strategic Focus; Builds Specialty CNS pipeline
TORONTO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Biovail Corporation (NYSE:BVF ) (TSX:BVF ) today announced its subsidiary, Biovail Laboratories International SRL (BLS), has entered into a collaboration and license agreement with ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. BLS has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize pimavanserin tartrate (a selective 5-HT2A inverse agonist) in a number of neurological and psychiatric conditions, including Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP) and Alzheimer’s Disease psychosis (ADP). Pimavanserin is a new chemical entity (NCE) currently in Phase III clinical development for the treatment of PDP.
“This agreement provides Biovail with a late-stage NCE product with strong intellectual property protection that is directly on target with our specialty central nervous system focus,” said Bill Wells, Biovail’s Chief Executive Officer. “Pimavanserin addresses a large unmet medical need, and has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of the millions of men and women living with Parkinson’s disease. We are delighted to be partnering with ACADIA to bring this innovative treatment to market.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Biovail has paid an upfront fee of $30 million, and will pay up to $160 million in potential development milestones associated with the successful completion of clinical trials, regulatory submissions and approvals for pimavanserin in the PDP and ADP indications. Should Biovail pursue a third indication, it could pay up to $45 million in additional success milestones.
The agreement also stipulates that Biovail make additional milestone payments of up to $160 million as certain sales thresholds are met. Biovail will also make tiered, royalty payments of 15% to 20% on net commercial sales of pimavanserin.
Pimavanserin tartrate is a novel, potent and selective 5-HT2A inverse agonist discovered by ACADIA and currently being evaluated in two Phase III pivotal trials as a treatment for PDP. Pimavanserin is given orally and blocks the activity of the 5-HT2A receptor, a drug target that plays an important role in the treatment of various neuropsychiatric disorders.
About Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (PDP)
According to the National Parkinson Foundation, over 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Up to 40 percent of patients with Parkinson’s disease may develop psychotic symptoms, commonly consisting of visual hallucinations and delusions. Currently there is no therapy in the United States approved to treat PDP. The development of psychosis in patients with Parkinson’s disease often disrupts their ability to perform many of the activities of daily living that keep them independent and active. As a result, PDP is associated with increased caregiver burden, nursing home placement, and increased mortality.
About Alzheimer’s Disease Psychosis (ADP)
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.3 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s Disease. While the criteria for diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease are mostly focused on cognitive deficits, it is the behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms that are often troublesome for caregivers and lead to poor quality of life for patients. Between 25 and 50 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease may develop ADP, which is characterized by disturbing hallucinations and delusions. There currently is no therapy in the United States approved for the treatment of ADP. The presence of psychotic symptoms in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease is associated with more rapid cognitive and functional decline and increased institutionalization.
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About Biovail Corporation
Biovail Corporation is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the formulation, clinical testing, registration, manufacture, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of medicines that address unmet medical needs in niche specialty central nervous system (CNS) markets. For more information about Biovail, visit the Company’s Web site at www.biovail.com.
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