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United Therapeutics and MannKind Announce Collaboration for Pulmonary Hypertension Products
Exclusive license agreement for Treprostinil Technosphere®; $95 million in upfront and milestone payments
Research agreement for additional products for additional $10 million
SILVER SPRING, Md. and WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Therapeutics Corporation (Nasdaq: UTHR) and MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq: MNKD) today announced that they have entered into a worldwide exclusive licensing and collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of a dry powder formulation of treprostinil, an investigational product currently being evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Under the agreement, United Therapeutics will be responsible for global development, regulatory and commercial activities. MannKind will manufacture clinical supplies and initial commercial supplies of the product at its manufacturing facility in Danbury, Connecticut. Long-term commercial supplies will be manufactured by United Therapeutics.
Under the terms of the agreement, MannKind Corporation will receive an upfront payment of $45 million and potential milestone payments of up to $50 million, dependent upon the achievement of specific development targets. MannKind will also be entitled to receive low double-digit royalties on net sales of the product. In addition, MannKind granted United Therapeutics an option to expand the license to include other active ingredients for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Each optioned product would be subject to the payment to MannKind of up to $40 million in additional option exercise and development milestone payments as well as a low double-digit royalty on net sales of any such product.
The effectiveness of the licensing and collaboration agreement is conditioned on expiration or termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
The parties also entered into a research agreement for the conduct of research by MannKind on behalf of United Therapeutics for products outside the scope of the licensing and collaboration agreement. MannKind will receive an immediate payment of $10 million in consideration for its performance under the research agreement.
“We are excited to partner with United Therapeutics, a company that shares our passionate focus on changing patients’ lives,” stated Michael Castagna, Pharm.D., Chief Executive Officer of MannKind. “We are pleased with this new opportunity to demonstrate the value of our drug and device combination platform for delivering therapeutic products. We believe this collaboration will have the potential to significantly improve the lives of people living with pulmonary arterial hypertension.”
“On the very same day 21 years ago, we enabled the development of treprostinil into a practical treatment thanks to an invention of the late Al Mann – the discrete, ambulatory, programmable, parenteral infusion pump called the MiniMed 407c,” said Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Therapeutics. “By marrying our molecule and MiniMed’s device, Remodulin® was born. As we now move into the second generation of United Therapeutics products, we are proud to once again team with Al Mann’s brilliance, this time with his Dreamboat®, Bluhale® and Cricket® devices for inhalation. I believe these revolutionary new inhalation devices will accomplish for Tyvaso® what our recently-approved Implantable System for Remodulin, pending RemUnity™ system and recently-acquired Trevyent® product represent for Remodulin – a further step toward a next generation of treprostinil drug-device systems that enhance options for patients, their families and their prescribers.”
MannKind will host a conference call today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the conference call webcast live via the Internet, visit the Company's website at www.mannkindcorp.com and click on the link in the Webcasts section of News & Events. To participate in the live call by telephone, please dial (800) 289-0438 toll-free or (323) 794-2423 toll/international and use the conference passcode: 6006518.
A telephone replay of the call will be accessible for approximately 14 days following completion of the call by dialing (844) 512-2921 toll-free or (412) 317-6671 toll/international and use the replay passcode: 6006518. A replay will also be available on MannKind's website for 14 days.
About MannKind Corporation
MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ: MNKD) focuses on the development and commercialization of inhaled therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes and pulmonary arterial hypertension. MannKind is currently commercializing Afrezza® (insulin human) Inhalation Powder, the Company's first FDA-approved product and the only inhaled rapid-acting mealtime insulin in the United States, where it is available by prescription from pharmacies nationwide. MannKind is headquartered in Westlake Village, California, and has a state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Danbury, Connecticut. The Company also employs field sales and medical representatives across the U.S. For further information, visit www.mannkindcorp.com.
About United Therapeutics
United Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions. [uthr-g]
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REMODULIN and TYVASO are registered trademarks of Untied Therapeutics Corporation. REMUNITY is a trademark of United Therapeutics Corporation. TREVYENT is a registered trademark of SteadyMed Therapeutics, Inc. DREAMBOAT, AFREZZA, BLUHALE, CRICKET and TECHNOSPHERE are registered trademarks of MannKind Corporation.
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