Bristol-Myers Squibb to acquire Padlock Therapeutics
Posted: 23 March 2016 | Victoria White | No comments yet
Padlock Therapeutics is a private biotechnology company dedicated to creating new medicines to treat destructive autoimmune diseases…
Padlock is a private, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company dedicated to creating new medicines to treat destructive autoimmune diseases. The acquisition will give Bristol-Myers Squibb full rights to Padlock’s Protein/Peptidyl Arginine Deiminase (PAD) inhibitor discovery programme focused on the development of potentially transformational treatment approaches for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Padlock’s PAD discovery programme may have additional utility in treating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases.
PADs are a family of enzymes that produce autoantigens which play an active role in the development and progression of RA and other autoimmune diseases. Inhibiting PADs offers the potential to prevent progression of autoimmune diseases early in their evolution. In identifiable high risk patients with pre- and early-RA, PAD inhibition could lead to a paradigm shift in treatment by preventing disease development and resulting joint destruction. PAD4 inhibition in combination with current standard of care therapies may increase and maintain the durable remission rates in RA patients with rapidly progressive disease.
“Targeting PAD enzymes has the potential to be one of the most innovative mechanisms for treating autoimmunity which both strengthens and accelerates our immunoscience pipeline,” said Francis Cuss, MB BChir, FRCP, executive vice president and chief scientific officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “By pursuing a treatment approach which may address disease progression earlier, we hope to transform the lives of patients with RA and other autoimmune diseases.”
Michael Gilman, PhD, founder and chief executive officer, Padlock Therapeutics, added: “By targeting PADs, it may be possible to eliminate the antigens that drive autoimmunity with limited impact on the immune system, thereby creating breakthrough treatments.”
Transaction includes upfront and milestone payments of up to $225 million
Commenting on the agreement, Gilman said: “In Bristol-Myers Squibb, we found an excellent home for our programme based on their deep commitment to science and developing transformational therapies. We are confident that Bristol-Myers Squibb can leverage the scientific foundation built by Padlock’s founders, team, and advisors to help patients with serious autoimmune diseases.”
The transaction includes upfront and near term contingent milestone payments of up to $225 million and additional contingent consideration of up to $375 million upon the achievement by Bristol-Myers Squibb of certain development and regulatory events. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and by the stockholders of Padlock. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Padlock anticipate the transaction will close during the second quarter of 2016.