SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: TTNP) today announced the signing of a license agreement with Braeburn Pharmaceuticals Sprl, wholly owned by Apple Tree Partners IV, L.P., a partnership affiliated with Apple Tree Partners. The license grants Braeburn exclusive commercialization rights in the United States and Canada to the investigational product Probuphine®, a novel, subdermal implant and the first long-acting product designed to deliver six months of the drug buprenorphine hydrochloride following a single treatment. On October 29, 2012, Titan announced the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Probuphine for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in adult patients.
Titan has received a non-refundable $15.75 million up-front payment and will receive up to $50 million upon the approval of Probuphine by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependence. Additionally, Titan will be eligible to receive up to $130 million upon achievement of sales milestones and up to $35 million in regulatory milestones for additional contemplated indications, including chronic pain. Titan will receive tiered, double digit percentage royalties on net sales of Probuphine within a range that is customary for products at this stage. In addition to the potential milestone payments, Apple Tree Partners IV has allocated in excess of $75 million to launch, commercialize and continue the development of Probuphine.
Apple Tree Partners, founded in 1999, creates life sciences companies. Through two predecessor partnerships, Apple Tree founded and built Aileron Therapeutics, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Celgene), HeartWare International and Tokai Pharmaceuticals. The firm intends to use the entirety of its recently closed partnership, Apple Tree Partners IV, to build Apple Tree Consolidated Sprl, a holding company that will create and own complementary life sciences businesses (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and technology-enabled healthcare services). Braeburn Pharmaceuticals will become a division of Apple Tree Consolidated.
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals is led by a strong, highly experienced team that includes Rose Crane, former Company Group Chair OTC, Specialty and Nutritionals at Johnson & Johnson, and President, Primary Care at Bristol Myers Squibb, and Garry Neil, M.D., former Group President Pharmaceutical R&D at Johnson & Johnson.
"We believe this agreement with Braeburn Pharmaceuticals offers a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the commercialization of Probuphine and provides Titan with the financial resources to further advance our technology and pipeline," said Sunil Bhonsle, president of Titan. "While a broad range of pharmaceutical companies expressed interest in Probuphine, we found that the innovative model of the new company established by Apple Tree not only provides us with a value-driven transaction for Titan shareholders, but also brings to the process a seasoned team of industry veterans with proven track records of launching and commercializing important therapies, including controlled substances. The North American Probuphine franchise will be launched and developed by a top notch commercialization team, maximizing the potential for its rapid acceptance in the medical and patient community and a successful commercial launch for both companies."
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