Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB:HPPI) announced today that it has entered into a revised Supply and License Agreement (SLA) with its majority stockholder Mayne Pharma Ventures Pty Ltd (Mayne Pharma), an affiliate of Mayne Pharma Group Limited (ASX: MYX).
Under the new SLA, Mayne Pharma will assume control of the regulatory and clinical development program for SUBA®-Itraconazole for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma nevus syndrome (SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS) in anticipation of conducting a global Phase 3 pivotal clinical trial based on results achieved in the Phase 2(b) trial conducted by HPPI in the U.S. Mayne Pharma will immediately assume responsibility for all future SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS-related expenses.
In consideration of the transfer to Mayne Pharma of the SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS clinical data and regulatory rights, HPPI will receive the following consideration:
fields in the U.S., including BCCNS. Importantly, HPPI’s continued right to work on these indications will no longer be tied to the achievement of clinical or commercial target dates. HPPI is now working towards the submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for SUBA-Itraconazole for the treatment of prostate cancer (SUBA-Itraconazole Prostate), with the goal of having that IND cleared, allowing HPPI to proceed to recruitment for initiating human trials.
Additional details of the transaction will be available in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by HPPI with the SEC.
This transaction arose out of a right of Mayne Pharma under the previous SLA to assume control of SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS after December 31, 2018 for a 9% royalty on future net sales of SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS in the U.S. if a New Drug Application (NDA) for SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS was not accepted for filing by FDA by December 31, 2018. As previously announced, based on unforeseen requirements imposed by FDA in September 2018, HPPI determined that it would be unable to responsibly file the SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS NDA by this deadline, and thus HPPI commenced negotiations with Mayne Pharma to transfer SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS in advance of December 31, 2018 on negotiated terms beneficial to HPPI. During these negotiations, HPPI actively undertook activities aimed at filing the SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS NDA within the timeframes required under the SLA, but ultimately concluded in its business judgment based on significant regulatory guidance that such a filing, even if it could be accomplished, would imperil the regulatory acceptance and viability of the SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS asset to the detriment of HPPI’s shareholders. HPPI believes that Mayne Pharma’s indication that it plans to undertake a Phase 3 study of SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS validates HPPI’s strategic conclusions related to the present transaction with Mayne Pharma.
The transaction was negotiated and approved on behalf of HPPI by a special committee of disinterested, independent members of HPPI’s Board of Directors.
Nicholas Virca, HPPI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated that “It has taken a considerable effort to reach these important agreements with our majority stockholder, Mayne Pharma, and we thank them for working with us to achieve this outcome. We believe, taking into consideration all of the facts and circumstances, that enabling Mayne Pharma to pursue SUBA Itraconazole BCCNS on advantageous terms to HPPI gives us a fresh start as a research and development company, with $3 million of near term funding and the possibility of an additional $2 million, a less restrictive SLA with Mayne Pharma with no development targets or deadlines, and access to worldwide SUBA-Itraconazole data to support our future business plans.”
“Moving forward, our 2019 focus is to seek a pre-IND meeting with FDA, with the goal of reaching agreement with FDA on the endpoints for initiating a clinical trial of SUBA-Itraconazole Prostate. We commissioned a market study which included interviews with key opinion leaders to help us target a potential therapy for over 27,000 men who have metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer who are no longer responding to androgen deprivation therapy (also known as ADT). As with SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS, we intend to follow the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway to accelerate our clinical testing program for SUBA-Itraconazole Prostate. Our goal will be to have our IND for SUBA-Itraconazole Prostate cleared by FDA and to begin efforts in recruiting patients for the prostate clinical trial before the end of 2019” continued Mr. Virca.
“Beyond SUBA-Itraconazole, we are planning to work with other compounds for the treatment of cancer in an effort to expand our product candidate pipeline. As announced earlier this year, we hold a world-wide exclusive option from the University of Connecticut regarding its patented chemical analogues of itraconazole to treat cancerous and non-cancerous indications. These next generation formulations of itraconazole appear to have reduced off-target side effects while exhibiting improved pharmacokinetic properties and a reduced concern associated with the use of many other drugs that are contraindicated for patients receiving itraconazole. A preclinical testing program is now underway to assess the effectiveness of the lead compound in treating certain cancers via hedgehog pathway inhibition in a well-established mouse model. If the pre-clinical results prove to be encouraging, we would expect to exercise our option and to begin efforts to outsource manufacturing to produce cGMP product as part of a program to move into human testing in 2020” concluded Mr. Virca.
Scott Richards, Mayne Pharma’s Chief Executive Officer, stated “Mayne Pharma remains committed to supporting HPPI and its leadership to pursue the clinical development, registration and commercialization of SUBA-Itraconazole for the treatment of oncology indications in the U.S. The management of HPPI has successfully progressed SUBA-Itraconazole BCCNS through its first major clinical program. We believe out-licensing our SUBA-Itraconazole intellectual property in the U.S. in this focused field through the partnership with HPPI provides Mayne Pharma shareholders with a significant stake in potentially multiple novel cancer programs. We look forward to working with HPPI to further these development programs.”
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