Neuropore and UCB Enter Into World-Wide Collaboration and Agreement

  • Companies collaborate in the development of a small molecule disease modifying treatment option for people living with Parkinson’s disease
  • Clinical Phase 1 study scheduled to start in 2015

SAN DIEGO & BRUSSELS--()--Neuropore Therapies Inc. and UCB announced today that they have entered into a world-wide collaboration and agreement to develop and commercialize therapeutic products aiming at slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. This includes NPT200-11, Neuropore’s novel small molecule that targets pathogenic alpha-synuclein which is currently in preclinical development and is expected to enter clinical Phase 1 in 2015.

"Parkinson's disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that results in disruption of normal movement and motor function, as well as cognitive and other life-altering symptoms," said Ismail Kola, President UCB New MedicinesTM. "People living with Parkinson's disease need better treatment options, especially as there is currently no approved treatment that addresses a fundamental pathological mechanism in Parkinson’s disease. With Neuropore’s NPT200-11, we have the opportunity to develop a disease modifying treatment option for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other synucleinopathies."

"We are excited to partner with UCB, a global leader in developing drugs to treat neurological diseases," said Dieter Meier, Neuropore’s CEO. "By working together we wish to accelerate the development of new treatments that can halt or slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases for patients who suffer from such debilitating conditions. UCB’s commitment and expertise in this field offers the best opportunity to collaboratively develop orally available small molecules to treat diseases that affect large patient populations and possibly certain orphan diseases. We anticipate that this partnership will contribute to Neuropore’s further growth to become a leader in discovering and developing innovative nervous system therapies."

Under the terms of the agreement, UCB will receive the world-wide exclusive license to develop and commercialize NPT200-11 in all indications. UCB and Neuropore will work together to complete non-clinical studies, and a first Phase 1 study to be initiated in 2015. UCB will lead all further clinical development, regulatory activities and commercialization. Neuropore will receive an initial upfront payment of US$20 million and is entitled to potential development, regulatory and sales-based milestones payments, of up to a potential total of US$460 million, in addition to royalties on net sales.

About Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. There are an estimated seven to ten million patients with PD worldwide. Current treatments for PD are effective at managing the early motor symptoms of the disease, mainly through the use of levodopa and dopamine agonists. As the disease progresses and dopaminergic neurons continue to be lost, these drugs eventually become less effective at treating the symptoms.

About NPT 200-11

By stabilizing conformations of alpha-synuclein that are then incapable of assembling into toxic pore-like oligomers in cell membranes, NPT200-11 blocks the pathological protein misfolding, aggregation and deposition that contribute to synaptic dysfunction and cell death in PD and related disorders. NPT200-11 is orally bioavailable, has promising drug-like properties and, has shown robust beneficial actions on multiple endpoints in animal models.

About UCB

UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 8500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 3.4 billion in 2013. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

About Neuropore Therapies Inc

Neuropore Therapies is developing novel small molecule therapeutics to treat and slow the progression of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The approach being taken by Neuropore is to target an underlying pathological process common to these disorders – the accumulation of toxic oligomeric aggregates of misfolded neuronal proteins in cell membranes. By preventing the formation of these toxic aggregates synaptic function may be restored and neurodegenerative processes slowed.

Neuropore Therapies uses structure-based drug design and dynamic molecular modeling to identify key target regions on proteins that are important for the formation of toxic protein aggregates. Candidate compounds targeting these regions are then synthesized and evaluated in cell-free and cell-based assays systems. Promising compounds are then evaluated in various disease-related animal models. For more information visit www.neuropore.com.

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Moreover, sales may be impacted by international and domestic trends toward managed care and health care cost containment and the reimbursement policies imposed by third-party payers as well as legislation affecting biopharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement.

Contacts

For further information
Corporate Communications UCB
France Nivelle
Global Communications
T +32.2.559.9178,
france.nivelle@ucb.com
or
Laurent Schots
Media Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.92.64
Laurent.schots@ucb.com
or
Investor Relations UCB
Antje Witte, T +32.2.559.94.14,
antje.witte@ucb.com
or
Media Contact Neuropore:
Dieter Meier, MD
Chief Executive Officer
T +1 858-273-1831
Dieter.Meier@everpharma.com

Release Summary

Neuropore and UCB collaborate in the development of a small molecule disease modifying treatment option for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Clinical Phase 1 study scheduled to start in 2015.

Contacts

For further information
Corporate Communications UCB
France Nivelle
Global Communications
T +32.2.559.9178,
france.nivelle@ucb.com
or
Laurent Schots
Media Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.92.64
Laurent.schots@ucb.com
or
Investor Relations UCB
Antje Witte, T +32.2.559.94.14,
antje.witte@ucb.com
or
Media Contact Neuropore:
Dieter Meier, MD
Chief Executive Officer
T +1 858-273-1831
Dieter.Meier@everpharma.com