Bristol-Myers Squibb and ZymoGenetics Enter Global Collaboration on Hepatitis C Compound
News Jan 13, 2009
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and ZymoGenetics, Inc. announced a global collaboration for PEG-Interferon lambda, a novel type 3 interferon currently in Phase Ib development for the treatment of Hepatitis C, and its related development program.
Under the terms of the collaboration, Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to pay ZymoGenetics an upfront cash payment of $85 million for the development and commercialization rights to PEG-Interferon lambda, and to pay an additional license fee of $20 million in 2009.
ZymoGenetics could receive additional payments of up to $430 million based on pre-defined development and regulatory milestones for PEG-Interferon lambda in Hepatitis C, up to $287 million in development and regulatory milestones for other potential indications, and up to $285 million based on pre-defined sales-based milestones.
The companies have agreed to co-develop PEG-Interferon lambda in the United States and Europe and will share development costs. It is anticipated that ZymoGenetics will conduct a significant portion of continuing Phase I and certain Phase II development activities.
ZymoGenetics will have the option to co-promote in the United States and to share profits on product sales with Bristol-Myers Squibb. ZymoGenetics may opt out of the co-development, co-promotion and profit sharing arrangement in the United States, in which case ZymoGenetics will receive double-digit royalties on PEG-Interferon lambda sales worldwide.
Outside the United States, Bristol-Myers Squibb will be responsible for commercialization and ZymoGenetics will receive double-digit royalties on product sales.