Sarepta Therapeutics, a commercial-stage developer of innovative RNA-targeted therapeutics, today announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV). Sarepta received the PRV when EXONDYS 51 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy amenable to exon 51 skipping.
The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases. With the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, this PRV program has been extended through September 30, 2020.
As part of the agreement, Sarepta will receive an upfront payment of $125M upon the closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur following expiration of the applicable U.S. antitrust clearance requirements. Credit Suisse served as Sarepta’s advisor on this transaction and conducted an extensive sales process, which included outreach to multiple pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
“Our mission at Sarepta Therapeutics is to treat more boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” said Edward Kaye, Sarepta’s chief executive officer. “The sale of the PRV provides an important source of non-dilutive capital to support the rapid advancement of our follow on exon skipping candidates and next generation RNA targeted antisense platform.”
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