CLEVELAND & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioMotiv, a mission-driven drug development accelerator associated with The Harrington Project for discovery and development, that advances breakthrough discoveries from research institutions into therapeutics, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced the launch of Anteros Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company focused on developing a new class of drugs for fibrotic and other inflammatory diseases. The intellectual property behind Anteros was first developed by Yale University and in-licensed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and subsequently assigned to Anteros. This is the first company BioMotiv and Bristol-Myers Squibb have launched since executing their Strategic Partnership Agreement, as previously announced in September 2019.
Under the terms of the partnership, Bristol-Myers Squibb will contribute the IP, data, and reagents for a series of small molecules against an undisclosed mechanism, and BioMotiv, through the formation of Anteros Pharmaceuticals, working in close partnership with Yale, will be solely responsible for research and development. Once Anteros nominates a pre-clinical candidate, Bristol-Myers Squibb has the option to acquire the company from BioMotiv under pre-agreed terms.
“Anteros Pharmaceuticals is the first of several companies that BioMotiv and Bristol-Myers Squibb intend to form under the Strategic Partnership Agreement. Anteros will focus on refining a new class of drug candidates for inflammatory diseases, where currently there are no real answers to multiple diseases that afflict millions of patients,” said Satish Jindal, Ph.D., BioMotiv’s CEO. “Our broader mission is to translate novel discoveries into breakthrough therapies for patients in need, forming companies such as Anteros to achieve this goal.”
“Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to partnering with innovative collaborators like BioMotiv, which expand our reach and capabilities in early stage research. These types of partnerships also enable us to progress the transformational research being performed at leading academic institutions such as Yale and effectively translate those discoveries into new therapies for patients,” said Rupert Vessey, M.A., B.M., B.Ch., F.R.C.P., D.Phil., Executive Vice President, Research & Early Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with BioMotiv and to the scientific advancements driven by Anteros.”
BioMotiv is a mission-driven accelerator associated with The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, a $340 million initiative focused on advancing early stage breakthrough discoveries from research institutions into medicines. Led by a highly accomplished and passionate team of veteran biopharma experts, BioMotiv’s innovative model efficiently aligns capital and collaborations to select, fund, manage and advance a portfolio of drug development programs. www.biomotiv.com
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding, among other things, the research, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products and Anteros Pharmaceuticals. All statements that are not statements of historical facts are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on historical performance and current expectations and projections about our future financial results, goals, plans and objectives and involve inherent risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including internal or external factors that could delay, divert or change any of them in the next several years, that are difficult to predict, may be beyond our control and could cause our future financial results, goals, plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the statements. These risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors include, among others, that the expected benefits of, and opportunities related to, Anteros Pharmaceuticals may not be realized by Bristol-Myers Squibb or may take longer to realize than anticipated and that Anteros Pharmaceuticals may fail to discover and develop any commercially successful product candidates.
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