IRVINE, Calif. & BASEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Urovant Sciences (Nasdaq: UROV) today announced that its majority shareholder, Roivant Sciences, and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4506), a leading global Japanese pharmaceutical company, have entered into a definitive agreement for the creation of a broad Sumitomo Dainippon-Roivant Strategic Alliance that will include the transfer from Roivant Sciences to Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma of all of Roivant’s ownership interests in Urovant Sciences.
In conjunction with the definitive agreement, Urovant Sciences has entered into an agreement with Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma whereby Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has committed that, upon close, it will provide Urovant Sciences with a $200 million, low-interest, interest-only, five-year term loan facility, with no repayments due until the end of the term. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma expects to provide continued financial support to fund Urovant Sciences through profitability.
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma plans to support the commercialization of vibegron by leveraging the potential benefits of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma’s U.S. commercial infrastructure including, but not limited to, drug distribution, operations and managed care support.
Urovant Sciences and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma have also committed to entering into a shareholder rights agreement at the close of the transaction providing for several additional protections for Urovant Sciences’ minority shareholders. This shareholder rights agreement is expected to provide (1) that any acquisition by Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma of all of the remaining shares of Urovant Sciences would require approval by the majority of the minority shareholders, (2) a requirement for a minimum of three independent directors who can only be removed by a majority of the minority shareholders, and (3) a requirement that the three independent directors must approve any related-party transaction between Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma and Urovant Sciences. Urovant Sciences’ three independent directors – Pierre Legault, Dr. Sef Kurstjens, MD, PhD, and Jim Robinson – will continue to serve in this capacity. In addition, the Urovant Board of Directors has appointed Pierre Legault as Lead Independent Director.
“We are excited to secure Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma’s commitment to Urovant Sciences. The initial long-term, low-cost loan facility obviates the need for any near-term financing and will allow us to stay focused on our planned NDA filing and subsequent commercial launch of vibegron upon U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval,” said Keith Katkin, CEO of Urovant Sciences. “Our planned NDA filing and launch preparation for vibegron are well underway and will benefit from the partnership with a large, successful multi-national company. We are excited to have the commitment for longer-term financial support and access to the proven commercial infrastructure of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. This relationship will greatly enhance Urovant Sciences’ ability to fully optimize the launch of vibegron and continue our development of innovative treatments for patients suffering from urologic conditions.”
About Urovant Sciences
Urovant Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for urologic conditions. Urovant’s lead product candidate, vibegron, is an oral, once-daily, small molecule beta-3 agonist being evaluated for the treatment of OAB with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency. Urovant has licensed global rights, excluding Japan and certain Asian territories, for the development and commercialization of vibegron. Urovant’s second product candidate, URO-902, is a novel gene therapy being developed for patients with OAB who have failed oral pharmacological therapy. Urovant intends to develop treatments for additional urologic diseases. For more information, please visit www.urovant.com.
About Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is among the top-ten listed pharmaceutical companies in Japan, operating globally in major pharmaceutical markets, including Japan, the U.S., China and the European Union. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is based on the merger in 2005 between Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. Today, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Additional information about Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is available through its corporate website at https:// www.ds-pharma.com.
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