AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly Partner for Alzheimer’s Drug CandidateBy
AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly have formed an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
â€‹Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500 million in development and regulatory milestone payments. AstraZeneca expects to receive the first milestone payment of $50 million in the first half of 2015. The companies will share all future costs equally for the development and commercialization of AZD3293 as well as net global revenues post-launch.
AstraZeneca and Lilly aim to progress AZD3293 rapidly into a Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. Lilly will lead clinical development, working with researchers from AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines Unit for neuroscience while AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing. The companies will take joint responsibility for commercialization of AZD3293.
The agreement is subject to customary terms and conditions.