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Bioniche Signs Urocidin Deal with Endo Pharmaceuticals: $20 Million Up Front, $110 Million plus Supply to Follow

Exciting deal! Since Rick and I worked on this one, let me just turn it over to the press release:

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC) and Endo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP) jointly announced today that Endo has licensed from Bioniche the exclusive rights to develop and market Urocidin™ in the U.S. with an option for global rights. Urocidin is a patented formulation of Mycobacterial Cell Wall-DNA Complex (MCC) developed by Bioniche for the treatment of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer that is currently undergoing Phase III clinical testing. Under the agreement signed by both companies, Endo will pay Bioniche an up-front cash payment of $20M USD and the potential for up to $110M USD in additional payments linked to the achievement of future clinical, regulatory, and commercial milestones. In addition, Bioniche will manufacture the product and receive a transfer price for supply.

Update: Here it is on FierceBiotech.

Update 2: Here’s the BIO SmartBrief post.

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J&J and Basilea to Arbitrate

In case you hadn’t heard, Basilea filed a claim for arbitration under their license agreement with J&J for the antibiotic ceftobiprole, based on the anticipated news, confirmed today, that the the EMEA has halted the EU Commission decision process on ceftobiprole pending EU led GCP inspections.

Brian Orelli has a nice post up on the wider ramifications of the mess that the industry will be in if the FDA has to scrutinize the reliability of every filing.

Wider ramifications aside, it is unusual to see a license and development agreement go to arbitration (as the WSJ Post points out, quoting Credit Suisse analyst Catherine Arnold). 

Based on the description in Basliea’s 2005 annual report (pdf), the agreement with J&J appears to have contained the usual joint committee structure for managing the development process; so it will be interesting to follow the story and see if we can learn any drafting lessons.

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