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Sanofi to pay Regeneron $462 million as companies restructure immuno-oncology agreement for more independence in each research

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi restructure immuno-oncology agreement from 2015, where Regeneron retains full rights to all its other investigational immunooncology programsto, while Sanofi is able to independently chase own immuno-oncology programs.

Under the new agreement announced by the partners Modnay, Sanofi will pay Regeneron $462 million due under the original deal, which covers the Sanofi share of the immuno-oncology discovery program costs for the last quarter of 2018 and up to $120 million in development costs for the two selected clinical-stage bispecific antibodies, plus the termination fee for the other programs under the original immuno-oncology agreement.

Sanofi will secure the right to opt-in to the BCMAxCD3 and MUC16xCD3 bispecific programs when proof of concept is achieved or when the allocated funding is expended, and Regeneron will commit up to $70 million to further develop the BCMAxCD3 bispecific antibody for multiple myeloma and up to $50 million to further develop the MUC16xCD3 bispecific for mucin-16 expressing cancers.

Post opt-in, Sanofi will develop and commercialize the BCMAxCD3 bispecific and fund 100 percent of development costs, with Regeneron reimbursing up to 50 percent out of its share of collaboration profits. Sanofi and Regeneron will share global profits equally.

Post opt-in, Regeneron will lead MUC16xCD3 bispecific development and lead commercialization in the U.S. The companies will share development costs and global profits equally. Sanofi will lead commercialization outside the U.S.

The companies said their ongoing collaboration for the development and commercialization of Libtayo (cemiplimab-rwlc), a PD-1 antibody, will not be affected by the revised agreement.

Regeneron retains full rights to its other immuno-oncology programs.

Under the Immuno-Oncology License and Collaboration Agreement, the companies have developed and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Libtayo for advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC). A regulatory application for Libtayo has also been submitted in the EU. An ongoing joint clinical program is investigating Libtayo in multiple other cancers, and includes potentially pivotal trials in lung, cervical and skin cancers. Libtayo’s safety and efficacy has not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority for indications beyond advanced CSCC, the company said in the press release.

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