NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. & CHALFONT ST GILES, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2017--
Medical Imaging, Inc. (“LMI”), a subsidiary of Lantheus
Holdings, Inc. (“Lantheus”) (NASDAQ: LNTH), and GE
Healthcare (NYSE:GE), today announced the signing of a term sheet
relating to the continued Phase III development and worldwide
commercialization of flurpiridaz F 18, an investigational positron
emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) agent that
may improve the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD).
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Under the proposed transaction, GE Healthcare would fund the second
Phase III flurpiridaz F 18 clinical study, worldwide regulatory
approvals and its worldwide launch and commercialization, with LMI
collaborating in both development and commercialization through a joint
steering committee. LMI would also maintain the option to co-promote the
agent in the U.S. GE Healthcare’s development plan would focus on
obtaining regulatory approval in the U.S., Japan, Europe and Canada.
Mary Anne Heino, President and CEO of Lantheus commented, “We are
excited about the prospect of GE Healthcare being our global partner to
complete the development of flurpiridaz F 18 and bring this next
generation agent to market, as they touch every level of the PET
diagnostic delivery continuum and share our commitment to serving the
nuclear medicine community. The collaboration would enable us to
participate in the long-term economic success of flurpiridaz F 18. LMI
will also continue to advance our other pipeline assets and pursue
additional near-term business development opportunities to drive growth.”
Emmanuel Ligner, General Manager, Core Imaging, GE Healthcare, said:
“Pursuing this agreement with LMI will further strengthen our nuclear
medicine portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to cardiovascular PET
imaging. It is a key focus of our strategy to increase the number of
tools at the disposal of clinicians around the world diagnosing and
treating patients with cardiovascular disease.”
Under the proposed transaction, LMI would receive a USD 5 million
upfront cash payment and, if successful, up to USD 60 million in
regulatory and sales milestones payments, plus tiered double-digit
royalties on U.S. sales and mid-single-digit royalties on sales outside
of the U.S. LMI also would receive an option to co-promote in the U.S.
Subject to satisfactory due diligence and necessary approvals, the
parties anticipate entering into a definitive agreement for the proposed
transaction in the second quarter of 2017. However, there is no
assurance that the parties will enter into a definitive agreement on
these terms or at all.
About Flurpiridaz F 18 and Coronary Artery Disease
F 18, a fluorine 18-labeled agent that binds to mitochondrial complex 1
(MC-1)1, was designed to be a novel PET imaging agent that
may better evaluate patients with known or suspected CAD, which is the
most common form of heart disease2, affecting an estimated
15.5 million Americans 20 years of age or older3. CAD is the
leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women2.
Each year more than 400,000 Americans die from CAD2. In the
first phase 3 study, flurpiridaz F 18 demonstrated improved CAD
detection and reduced radiation exposure over standard single photon
emission computed tomography (SPECT). In subgroup analyses, the
risk-benefit profile of flurpiridaz F 18 PET imaging appeared to be
favorable in women, obese patients and patients with multi-vessel
disease. It is important to note that, with a 110 minute half-life,
flurpiridaz F 18 can be used in conjunction with treadmill exercise,
which is not feasible with other currently available PET tracers for MPI.
About PET and MPI
PET imaging or a PET scan is a type of
nuclear medicine imaging procedure4 that provides information
about the function and metabolism of the body’s organs, unlike computed
tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which primarily
show anatomy and structure5. MPI is a non-invasive test that
utilizes a small amount of radioactive material (radiopharmaceutical)
injected into the body to depict the distribution of blood flow to the
heart. MPI is used to identify areas of reduced blood flow to the heart
muscle. The test is typically conducted under both rest and stress
conditions, after which physicians examine and compare the two scans and
predict whether the patient has significant coronary artery disease6.
Although SPECT is most commonly used for MPI7, PET imaging
has gained considerable support and use in the field of cardiovascular
imaging, as it offers many advantages to SPECT, including higher spatial
and contrast resolution, resulting in higher image quality and improved
diagnostic accuracy, accurate attenuation correction and risk
About Lantheus Holdings, Inc. and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.,
a global leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of
innovative diagnostic imaging agents and products. LMI provides a broad
portfolio of products, which are primarily used for the diagnosis of
cardiovascular diseases. LMI’s key products include the echocardiography
contrast agent DEFINITY® Vial for (Perflutren Lipid
Microsphere) Injectable Suspension; TechneLite® (Technetium
Tc99m Generator), a technetium-based generator that provides the
essential medical isotope used in nuclear medicine procedures; and Xenon
(Xenon Xe 133 Gas), an inhaled radiopharmaceutical imaging agent used to
evaluate pulmonary function and for imaging the lungs. LMI is
headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts with offices in Puerto
Rico and Canada. For more information, visit www.lantheus.com.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational
medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased
access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the
world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and
technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software
& IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery,
biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement
solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great
healthcare to their patients. For more information about GE Healthcare,
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