“AMAG has been searching for a novel hematology asset to complement our existing portfolio and to leverage the expertise of our high performing Feraheme® hematology team,” said William Heiden, AMAG’s president and chief executive officer. “This acquisition represents a great strategic fit and a unique opportunity to add an innovative, durable and differentiated mid-phase clinical asset to our portfolio.”
Ciraparantag is a small molecule anticoagulant reversal agent which is believed to bind to NOACs such as Xarelto®(rivaroxaban), Eliquis®(apixaban) and Savaysa®(edoxaban), as well as to Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium injection), a low molecular weight heparin, thereby reestablishing the body’s ability to form clots. Ciraparantag is in development as a single dose, ready-to-use solution that is delivered intravenously over approximately 10 minutes. NOAC therapy represents the fastest-growing segment of the anticoagulant market in the U.S. There are currently approximately six million patients in the U.S. and nine million patients in certain ex-U.S. countries on NOAC and LMWH therapy.1 A recent study found that approximately 1.5-2% of patients taking certain NOACs were at risk for serious bleeding complications each year.
“The number of patients on NOACs continues to grow and hundreds of thousands of these patients will experience or be at risk (e.g., urgent surgery) of a life-threatening bleed while on therapy,” said Dr. Jack Ansell, Professor of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “These patients often present in an emergency room setting where doctors have to act quickly, sometimes with incomplete patient information and limited reliable treatment options. Therefore, if approved, I believe ciraparantag’s ability to rapidly normalize whole blood clotting time, as well as sustain this effect for up to 24 hours, will be extremely beneficial to patients, especially those in life threatening emergency situations. In addition, ciraparantag has not demonstrated any procoagulation signals, which is very reassuring given that this patient population is already at greater risk for clotting complications.”
Under the terms of the agreement, at closing AMAG will pay Perosphere equityholders $50 million (subject to customary adjustments) and will assume $12 million under a term loan and up to $6.2 million of Perosphere’s other liabilities.
Perosphere equityholders will be eligible to receive regulatory milestones of up to $140 million (based on a final label with no boxed warning in the U.S.), inclusive of a $40 million milestone payment upon approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Perosphere equityholders are also eligible to receive commercial sales milestone payments of up to an aggregate of $225 million. The first commercial sales milestone payment of $20 million would be payable upon achieving annual net sales of $100 million.
Provided certain clinical milestones are met, the Phase 3 program will be partially funded by an existing agreement with a global pharmaceutical company, which does not currently have commercialization rights to ciraparantag. In addition, as part of the Phase 3 program, AMAG plans to utilize a bedside coagulometer, currently being developed by Perosphere Technologies Inc.
The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.