Daiichi Sankyo Europe Enters into European Licensing Agreement with Esperion for Bempedoic Acid and the Bempedoic Acid /

Publicado 07/01/2019 8:01:31CET

MUNICH, January 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

- Daiichi Sankyo Europe will market oral bempedoic acid and bempedoic acid / ezetimibe combination tablet in the European Economic Area and Switzerland    - Bempedoic acid is a first-in-class, oral, once-daily ATP Citrate Lyase (ACL) inhibitor that reduces cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis in the liver[1]     - Bempedoic acid and its fixed dose combination tablet with ezetimibe will offer additional treatment options for the large number of patients unable to reach their target LDL-C level     - This agreement expands Daiichi Sankyo Europe's commitment to cardiovascular care and the development of innovative, convenient and affordable treatments    - The marketing authorization application (MAA) is expected to be submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the second quarter of 2019 with an expected approval in 2020 

Daiichi Sankyo Europe has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Esperion Therapeutics for Daiichi Sankyo Europe to market bempedoic acid and bempedoic acid / ezetimibe combination tablet in the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Daiichi Sankyo Europe will be responsible for commercialization in these territories while Esperion will be responsible for the development and manufacturing. This agreement will strengthen Daiichi Sankyo's cardiovascular portfolio in Europe and will exploit synergies in the commercialization of the once-daily anticoagulant LIXIANA(R)Black Triangle Drug (edoxaban) and the once-daily antiplatelet Efient(R)Black Triangle Drug  (prasugrel).

There is a significant need for additional treatment options for the large number of patients in Europe with hypercholesterolemia who are not at their target LDL-C level. Even in very high risk patients, only 32 percent are at their target LDL-C level.[2] This is particularly true for patients who are experiencing adverse drug reactions (ADRs) under statins and are therefore taking statins only at the maximum tolerated dose or no statin at all.[3] Bempedoic acid has a liver specific mode of action and therefore has the potential to avoid the muscle related ADRs associated with statin therapy.[1] Bempedoic acid can be used in combination with other lipid lowering drugs and will offer an affordable oral, once-daily option for patients not at target.[4]

The robust LDL-C development program that established efficacy and safety of bempedoic acid was completed in October 2018. It included almost 4,800 patients, and approximately 3,100 patients were treated with bempedoic acid with an additional LDL-C lowering of up to 30 percent LDL-C and up to 48 percent LDL-C in combination with ezetimibe. The results demonstrate that bempedoic acid is well tolerated and confirm efficacy over an extended period of time. Rates of treatment-emergent adverse events, muscle-related adverse events and discontinuations were similar in the bempedoic acid and placebo treatment groups.[5]

"We are very pleased to announce this license agreement for bempedoic acid which is a first-in-class treatment that will address a critical unmet need for patients who have limited options and who are not reaching their target LDL-cholesterol level," said Rodney Smith, MD, Head of Medical Affairs at Daiichi Sankyo Europe. "The Esperion team has conducted a robust, 4,000 patient, high-quality development program to establish bempedoic acid as an efficacious and well tolerated therapeutic option and this supports our great confidence in this product that complements and strengthens our current cardiovascular portfolio, building on the success of LIXIANA(R)," adds Benoit Creveau, Head of Marketing Cardiovascular at Daiichi Sankyo Europe.

Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Daiichi Sankyo Europe will make an upfront payment of $150 million to Esperion as well as additional milestone payments including $150 million upon first commercial sales and sales royalties. The potential total milestone payment is up to $900 million.

"We are very pleased to partner with Daiichi Sankyo Europe to establish bempedoic acid as the most preferred LDL-C lowering treatment option after statins for patients and physicians in Europe. Daiichi Sankyo Europe's 1,000 person cardiovascular commercial organization has a strong history of successfully commercializing drugs, including their oral anticoagulant, LIXIANA(R), and there is significant overlap among physicians targeted for bempedoic acid," said Tim Mayleben, president and chief executive officer of Esperion. "This agreement represents the first step in the evolution of Esperion from a pioneering development-stage company to a successful commercial-stage company."

Esperion completed its Phase 3 LDL-C development program of bempedoic acid and bempedoic acid / ezetimibe combination tablet in October 2018. The company plans to submit New Drug Applications (NDAs) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the first quarter of 2019 and Marketing Authorization Applications (MAAs) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) during the second quarter of 2019. FDA and EMA LDL-C approval decisions are expected during the first half of 2020. The global cardiovascular outcomes trial of bempedoic acid, CLEAR Outcomes, is ongoing and cardiovascular risk reduction data are expected during 2022.

Bempedoic Acid / Ezetimibe Combination Tablet   

Through the complementary mechanisms of action of inhibition of cholesterol synthesis (bempedoic acid) and inhibition of cholesterol absorption (ezetimibe), the bempedoic acid / ezetimibe combination tablet is a non-statin, orally available, once-daily, LDL-C lowering therapy. Inhibition of ATP Citrate Lyase (ACL) by bempedoic acid reduces cholesterol biosynthesis and lowers LDL-C by up-regulating the LDL receptor. Inhibition of Niemann-Pick C1-Like 1 (NPC1L1) by ezetimibe results in reduced absorption of cholesterol from the gastrointestinal tract, thereby reducing delivery of cholesterol to the liver, which in turn upregulates the LDL receptors. Phase 3 data demonstrated that this well tolerated combination results in a 35 percent lowering of LDL-C when used with maximally tolerated statins, a 43 percent lowering of LDL-C when used as a monotherapy, and a 34 percent reduction in high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). Rates of treatment-emergent adverse events, muscle-related adverse events and discontinuations were similar in the bempedoic acid and placebo treatment groups.[6]

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