AbbVie, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Sign $805 Million Cancer Drug Pact

Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and AbbVie have entered into a global collaboration to develop and commercialize duvelisib (IPI-145), Infinity’s oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)-delta and PI3K-gamma, for treating cancer. Under the agreement, Infinity will receive an upfront payment of $275 million and is eligible to receive up to $530 million in additional payments for the achievement of development, regulatory, and commercial milestones, including up to $405 million for the achievement of milestones through the first commercial sale of duvelisib. In the US, the companies will jointly commercialize duvelisib and will share equally in any potential profits. Outside the US, AbbVie will be responsible for the conduct and funding of commercialization of duvelisib, and Infinity is eligible to receive tiered double-digit royalties on net product sales.

Duvelisib is an oral inhibitor of Class I PI3K-delta,gamma. The PI3Ks are a family of enzymes involved in multiple cellular functions, including cell proliferation and survival, cell differentiation, cell migration and immunity. The PI3K-delta,gamma isoforms are preferentially expressed in leukocytes (white blood cells), where they have distinct and mostly non-overlapping roles in immune cell development and function. Targeting PI3K-delta and PI3K-gamma may provide multiple opportunities to develop differentiated therapies for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. Duvelisib has shown clinical activity across a broad range of blood cancers, including indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  

Development and commercialization activities under the collaboration will be managed through a shared governance structure. In the US, Infinity and AbbVie will jointly commercialize duvelisib, assuming regulatory approval, with Infinity booking sales, and will share equally in any potential profits or losses. Outside the US, AbbVie will be responsible for conducting and funding of any commercialization of duvelisib, and Infinity is eligible to receive tiered royalties on net product sales, with percentages ranging from 23.5% to 30.5%.

For sales of duvelisib in the US, AbbVie and Infinity will share equally the existing royalty obligations to Mundipharma International Corporation Limited/Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P., and Infinity will be responsible for these royalty obligations outside of the US. Infinity will also be responsible for the existing royalty obligations to Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company for sales of duvelisib worldwide.

As part of the strategic collaboration, the companies will share responsibility for the conduct of specific trials specified within an agreed-upon global development plan, with each company leading the development of certain trials within the plan. For the initial global development plan agreed to by the companies, Infinity will fund the trials it conducts and the companies will share equally the funding of trials conducted by AbbVie. The agreement includes plans to launch multiple Phase II and Phase III studies of duvelisib in hematologic malignancies over the next several years.

Source: AbbVie

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