Healthcare Industry News: Parkinson’s disease
News Release - December 16, 2010
GlaxoSmithKline and Impax Pharmaceuticals Enter Global Agreement to Develop and Commercialize a late stage compound for Parkinson’s DiseaseLONDON & HAYWARD, Calif.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)-- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Impax Pharmaceuticals, the brand products division of Impax Laboratories, Inc. (Impax), today announced an agreement for the development and commercialization of IPX066, Impax’s novel extended release carbidopa-levodopa product, outside the United States and Taiwan. IPX066, an investigational product under development for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD), is currently in Phase III clinical trials.
Under the terms of the agreement, GSK will receive an exclusive license to sell IPX066 throughout the world except in the U.S. and Taiwan. Impax will receive an $11.5 million upfront payment and is eligible to receive potential payments of up to $175 million upon the successful achievement of development and commercialization milestones. Impax will also receive tiered, double-digit royalty payments on GSK sales of IPX066. Impax will manufacture and supply IPX066 to GSK.
Impax will complete the current Phase III program for IPX066, which includes the recently completed APEX-PD trial in early PD. The results from the remaining Phase III study program are expected to be available in 2011. In the U.S., Impax expects to file a New Drug Application for Parkinson’s disease in late 2011 and will be responsible for commercialization. In other regions, excluding Taiwan, GSK will be responsible for further development and registration of IPX066 and commercialization of the product in those markets. A team structure with representatives from both companies is being established to enable effective coordination of planned global regulatory and commercialization activities.
“We are very pleased to announce this development and collaboration agreement with GSK, which is a significant milestone in the development of Impax Pharmaceuticals and an important achievement in the planned global commercialization for IPX066 for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease,” stated Michael Nestor, President of Impax Pharmaceuticals. “GSK is an ideal partner for IPX066, combining global best-in-class development, regulatory and commercial experience in Parkinson’s disease, which will be an asset in the successful commercialization of IPX066.”
“We are excited by the opportunity IPX066 represents to patients,” commented, Atul Pande, senior vice president, Neurosciences Medicines Development Center, GSK. “There is a significant need for a therapy which can improve on clinical symptom management and control in Parkinson’s disease. We look forward to collaborating with Impax and hope to deliver an improved treatment option to the millions of people living with this devastating disease.”
IPX066 is an investigational extended release carbidopa-levodopa product with an enhanced pharmacokinetic profile. The IPX066 pharmacokinetic profile has the potential to offer reliable control of Parkinson’s disease symptoms, such as the reduction in “off time” throughout the day, which has been observed in preliminary studies of IPX066. “Off time” is the functional state when patients’ medication effect has worn off and there is a return of Parkinson symptoms.
The phase III clinical development program for the registration of IPX066 in the U.S. includes the recently completed APEX-PD trial in early PD, the ADVANCE-PD study in advanced PD subjects, an open label extension study for subjects from the ADVANCE-PD and APEX-PD studies. Additionally, for the European application, Impax is conducting the ASCEND-PD comparative study of IPX066 and carbidopa-levodopa and entacapone, which is currently enrolling subjects.
About Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative movement disorder affecting over three million people in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
About Impax Laboratories, Inc.
Impax Laboratories, Inc. is a technology based specialty pharmaceutical company applying its formulation expertise and drug delivery technology to the development of controlled-release and specialty generics in addition to the development of branded products. Impax markets its generic products through its Global Pharmaceuticals division and markets its branded products through the Impax Pharmaceuticals division. Additionally, where strategically appropriate, Impax has developed marketing partnerships to fully leverage its technology platform. Impax Laboratories is headquartered in Hayward, California, and has a full range of capabilities in its Hayward, Philadelphia and Taiwan facilities. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at: www.impaxlabs.com.
GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.
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