Endocyte jumps over 80% after 'transformational' transaction
Endocyte announced the completion of an exclusive worldwide license of PSMA-617 from ABX GmbH. Endocyte intends to move quickly into Phase 3 development of 177Lu-PSMA-617, a radioligand therapeutic, RLT, that targets the prostate-specific membrane antigen, PSMA, present in approximately 80% of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, mCRPC...This transaction is transformational to Endocyte, accelerating our path to commercialization. 177Lu-PSMA-617 has the potential to be the first-in-class RLT to address both bone and soft tissue disease, and it is profoundly important to the many patients suffering from mCRPC," said Mike Sherman, president and CEO of Endocyte. "Our experience with PSMA targeting and companion imaging development, in addition to our relationships with distinguished prostate cancer investigators from around the world, uniquely position Endocyte to lead this therapy to registration. We intend to seek regulatory approval to initiate a Phase 3 registration trial of 177Lu-PSMA-617 in early 2018. By focusing the company's resources on the execution of this program, we project trial completion as early as 2020." Under the terms of the agreement, Endocyte has exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize PSMA-617. Endocyte has made an upfront payment of $12 million to ABX. In addition, Endocyte issued 2 million shares of Endocyte common stock to ABX and issued a warrant for the purchase of up to 4 million additional shares of Endocyte common stock. ABX is eligible for regulatory and commercial milestones of up to $160 million, and tiered royalties beginning in the mid-teens. Shares of Endocyte are up 80% to $2.53 in morning trading.