EUSA Pharma obtains global rights of Isqette from Apeiron Biologics

5 October 2016 (Last Updated October 5th, 2016 18:30)

EUSA Pharma (EUSA) has obtained global commercialisation rights of oncology product Isqette (dinutuximab beta) from Apeiron Biologics.

EUSA Pharma (EUSA) has obtained global commercialisation rights of oncology product Isqette (dinutuximab beta) from Apeiron Biologics.

Isqette is a monoclonal antibody developed to specifically target the GD2 antigen expressed on the surface of neuroblastoma cells and subsequently trigger a selective immunological attack against these tumour cells.

Under the agreement, Apeiron will be paid with an upfront fee from EUSA, a portion of which will be conditioned to EU approval.

Additionally, EUSA will make regulatory milestone payments in other important territories and royalties on future product sales.

"As a rapidly growing specialist pharma company we have made great progress since our launch 18 months ago, and we plan to continue this through further product acquisition and in-licensing."

EUSA Pharma CEO Lee Morley said: "We are delighted to acquire the global rights to Isqette, which is a perfect fit with our strategic focus in the specialist oncology field and will allow us to leverage our commercial infrastructure in the EU and expand our presence in the US.

"Dinutuximab beta is already used extensively across Europe, where it is included in a number of treatment protocols, and we look forward to bringing this life-saving therapy to patients around the world.  

“As a rapidly growing specialist pharma company we have made great progress since our launch 18 months ago, and we plan to continue this through further product acquisition and in-licensing."

EUSA is planning to submit a regulatory filing for Isqette in the US next year, and after being approved will market the product directly through its established US infrastructure.

The company is also planning to introduce the product in other territories such as Japan.