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Roche inks US$1.15b licensing deal for Sarepta gene therapy

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Roche entered into a US$1.15 billion licensing agreement with Sarepta Therapeutics to obtain the right to launch and commercialise Sarepta's investigational gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) outside the United States.

[ZURICH] Roche entered into a US$1.15 billion licensing agreement with Sarepta Therapeutics to obtain the right to launch and commercialise Sarepta's investigational gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) outside the United States.

Roche will make an upfront payment of US$750 million in cash and US$400 million worth in equity at closing for Sarepta's investigational micro-dystrophin gene therapy SRP-9001 that is currently in clinical development, the Swiss drugmaker said in a statement on Monday.

In addition, Sarepta is eligible to receive up to US$1.7 billion in regulatory and sales milestones, plus royalties on net sales, Roche said, adding the agreement was expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Sarepta will continue to be responsible for the clinical development and manufacturing of SRP-9001 while sharing global clinical development costs equally with Roche.

DMD is a rare degenerative neuromuscular disorder, affecting about one in 3,500-5,000 male births worldwide and causing severe progressive muscle loss and premature death, Roche said.

Earlier this month, Sarepta gained US approval for another DMD drug, Vyondys 53.

REUTERS