Retrophin Agrees to Sell Priority Review Voucher to Sanofi
Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTRX) today announced an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher (“Pediatric PRV”) to Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) . Retrophin received the Pediatric PRV when CholbamTM was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients suffering from bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme defects, and for patients with peroxisomal disorders (including Zellweger spectrum disorders).
Upon closing of the transaction, Retrophin will receive a payment of $150 million, followed by two equal installments of $47.5 million in 2016 and 2017. The Company will receive a total consideration of $245 million in cash from Sanofi in exchange for the Pediatric PRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.
“We are pleased to know that transferring our voucher will raise awareness of the Pediatric PRV program and give us added flexibility to find and develop new therapies for patients with severe rare diseases,” said Stephen Aselage, Chief Executive Officer of Retrophin.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
About the Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher Program
The program is intended to encourage development of new drug and biological products for prevention and treatment of certain rare pediatric diseases. A Pediatric PRV may be issued to the sponsor of a rare pediatric disease product application and would entitle the holder to priority review of a single New Drug Application or Biologics License Application, which reduces the target review time and could lead to an expedited approval. The sponsor receives the voucher upon approval of the rare pediatric disease product application.
Retrophin is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development, acquisition and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of serious, catastrophic or rare diseases for which there are currently no viable options for patients. The Company’s approved products include Chenodal(R), CholbamTM, and Thiola(R), and its pipeline includes compounds for several catastrophic diseases, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), infantile spasms, nephrotic syndrome and others. For additional information, please visit www.retrophin.com.
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