Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca Announce Global Development and Commercialization Collaboration for Daiichi Sankyo's HER2 Targeting Antibody Drug Conjugate [Fam-] Trastuzumab Deruxtecan (DS-8201)
- Collaboration combines Daiichi Sankyo's scientific and technological excellence with AstraZeneca's global experience and resources in oncology to accelerate and expand the potential of [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan as monotherapy and combination therapy across a spectrum of HER2 expressing cancers
- AstraZeneca to pay Daiichi Sankyo up to $6.90 billion in total consideration, including $1.35 billion upfront payment and up to an additional $5.55 billion contingent upon achievement of future regulatory and sales milestones as well as other contingencies
- Companies to share equally development and commercialization costs as well as profits worldwide from [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan with Daiichi Sankyo maintaining exclusive rights in Japan
- Daiichi Sankyo is expected to book sales in U.S., certain countries in Europe, and certain other markets where Daiichi Sankyo has affiliates; AstraZeneca is expected to book sales in all other markets worldwide, including China, Australia, Canada and Russia
TOKYO and MUNICH and BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey, March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) announced today that it has entered into a global development and commercialization agreement with AstraZeneca for Daiichi Sankyo's lead antibody drug conjugate (ADC), [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan (DS-8201), currently in pivotal development for multiple HER2 expressing cancers including breast and gastric cancer, and additional development in non-small cell lung and colorectal cancer.
Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca will jointly develop and commercialize [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan as a monotherapy or a combination therapy worldwide, except in Japan where Daiichi Sankyo will maintain exclusive rights. Daiichi Sankyo will be solely responsible for manufacturing and the supply of [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan.
As announced separately by Daiichi Sankyo, a Biologics License Application (BLA) submission to U.S. FDA for [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan in HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer previously treated with ado trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) will be accelerated to the first half of fiscal year 2019.
Designed using Daiichi Sankyo's DXd proprietary ADC technology, [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan is comprised of a humanized HER2 antibody attached to a novel topoisomerase I inhibitor payload by a tetrapeptide-based linker. It is designed to target and deliver chemotherapy inside cancer cells and reduce systemic exposure to the cytotoxic payload compared to the way chemotherapy is commonly delivered.