PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY), a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group, today will host an Investor Day in Paris to present a comprehensive corporate update, with a focus on its advancing R&D pipeline.
David Meek, Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen stated: “The business momentum of Ipsen is strong, delivering industry-leading top-line growth and investing to build an innovative and sustainable pipeline. The execution of our R&D strategy over the last two years through accelerating key internal programs and externally sourcing innovation has significantly strengthened the focus and value of our pipeline.
“Ipsen currently has five new chemical entities in clinical development, nine significant regulatory submissions planned from 2019 to 2022 and several mid-to-late-stage program readouts in the coming months. We remain committed to executing on our top-line, bottom-line and pipeline growth strategy to create and deliver long-term value to patients and shareholders.”
In Rare Diseases, palovarotene is a late-stage and largely de-risked drug candidate for the treatment of rare and extremely disabling bone disorders with no current treatment options. Palovarotene has Orphan Drug, Fast Track, Breakthrough Therapy and Rare Pediatric Disease designations and is supported by robust clinical data. The company expects to submit an NDA to the FDA in the second half of 2019 for the first indication of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP).
In Neuroscience, Ipsen is pursuing two new therapeutic indications to maximize the potential of Dysport®. The Company is also leveraging its research and development expertise building upon its neurotoxin franchise to advance its proprietary next-generation neurotoxin program with a fast-acting neurotoxin to enter Phase 2 clinical development in the second half of 2019 and a long-acting neurotoxin in preclinical development.
In Oncology, there are numerous ongoing mid-to-late-stage programs to broaden the scope of Cabometyx® (cabozantinib) and Onivyde® (irinotecan liposomal). The Phase 3 CheckMate 9ER trial in combination with nivolumab has the potential to strengthen Cabometyx®’s presence in the first-line renal cell cancer market, with top-line results expected in the first half of 2020. In addition, the Phase 3 trial in combination with atezolizumab for first-line hepatocellular carcinoma has the potential to expand the use of Cabometyx® earlier in the treatment paradigm and to serve as the registrational trial to enter China.
Regarding Onivyde®, the interim analysis of the Phase 2 combination trial for the treatment of first-line metastatic pancreatic cancer indicates encouraging results on the disease control rate and has been accepted as an oral presentation by the ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in July 2019. There is also an ongoing Phase 2 trial for second-line small cell lung cancer with top-line results expected in the second half of 2019.
In earlier-stage Oncology development, Ipsen is advancing its innovative Systemic Radiation Therapy program with satoreotide (IPN 1070 and IPN 1072) which is expected to move into a Phase 2/3 trial in neuroendocrine tumors by the first quarter of 2020 and IPN 1087 which is currently in Phase 1 development for pancreatic cancer. Both are platform technologies with the possibility to expand to additional solid tumors and to provide precision targeted treatment to patients.
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Ipsen will also execute on its external innovation and business development model in its key therapeutic areas, building on its strong balance sheet and cash flow generation to acquire assets and invest in R&D pipeline for long term shareholders’ value.
Along with an R&D pipeline update, Ipsen will also provide updates on its corporate strategy, commercial highlights of its key Specialty Care products, and new objectives on its capital allocation strategy and mid-term financial outlook.
2022 Financial outlook
Ipsen provides its 2022 financial outlook to reflect the strong momentum of its Specialty Care business and the impact from the acquisition of Clementia closed in April 2019:
- Group Net Sales around €3.2 billion2
- Core Operating margin greater than 32.0% of net sales
This outlook includes only the existing commercial portfolio of products under current approved indications and assumes the approval and launch of palovarotene in FOP indications3 only. It assumes the earliest possible entry of somatostatin analog (SSA) generics based on market intelligence. It does not include the potential short-term, low single-digit Core Operating margin dilution of business development transactions to further accelerate building an innovative and sustainable pipeline.
Webcast and Conference call
Ipsen will host an audio and video webcast and conference call of the Investor Day on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 1:00 p.m. (CEST, BST+1) available at www.ipsen.com. Participants should dial in to the call approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to its start. No reservation is required to participate in the conference call.
Standard International: +44 (0) 2071-928-000
France and continental Europe: + 33 (0) 1 76 70 07 94
Conference ID: 8463129
A recording will be available for 7 days on Ipsen’s website.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and Specialty Care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. Its commitment to Oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies for prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic cancer. Ipsen also has a well-established Consumer Healthcare business. With total sales over €2.2 billion in 2018, Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in over 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Paris-Saclay, France; Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). The Group has about 5,700 employees worldwide. Ipsen is listed in Paris (Euronext: IPN) and in the United States through a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt program (ADR: IPSEY). For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
2 Assuming current level of exchange rates
3 Including both flare-up and chronic indications for FOP
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