Royalty Pharma and Agios Pharmaceuticals Enter Into Vorasidenib Royalty Agreement for $905 Million

NEW YORK, May 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Royalty Pharma plc (Nasdaq: RPRX) today announced that it has acquired an interest in Agios Pharmaceuticals’ royalty on Servier’s vorasidenib for $905 million in upfront cash contingent on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of vorasidenib.

“We are excited to acquire royalties on vorasidenib, which if approved, would be the first targeted therapy for patients with IDH-mutant glioma,” said Pablo Legorreta, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Royalty Pharma. “Innovation has been lacking in glioma treatment for over two decades, and we believe vorasidenib, which demonstrated unprecedented efficacy with a well-tolerated safety profile in its pivotal clinical study, is a potentially transformative therapy. We look forward to its upcoming PDUFA date and are excited for IDH-mutant diffuse glioma patients to potentially have a new treatment option.”

Vorasidenib is an oral, selective, highly brain-penetrant dual inhibitor of mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 (IDH1/2) enzymes for the treatment of IDH-mutant diffuse glioma. Low grade IDH-mutant diffuse gliomas have an incidence of approximately 1,500 patients per year and a prevalence of approximately 10,000 in the U.S. according to Royalty Pharma estimates. The pivotal Phase 3 INDIGO clinical trial for vorasidenib met its primary endpoint with a clinically meaningful extension of progression-free survival and the key secondary endpoint of time to next intervention. Vorasidenib was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA, and it received priority review with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act action (PDUFA) date of August 20, 2024.

Under the terms of the agreement, Royalty Pharma will pay Agios $905 million in upfront cash on FDA approval of vorasidenib in exchange for a 15% royalty on annual U.S. net sales of vorasidenib up to $1 billion and a 12% royalty on annual U.S. net sales greater than $1 billion. Agios will retain a 3% royalty on annual U.S. net sales greater than $1 billion.

Royalty Pharma projects greater than $1 billion in peak annual sales potential for vorasidenib, which is expected to generate royalties of greater than $150 million annually to Royalty Pharma. If approved, Royalty Pharma anticipates vorasidenib will generate royalties through 2038.

About Royalty Pharma plc

Founded in 1996, Royalty Pharma is the largest buyer of biopharmaceutical royalties and a leading funder of innovation across the biopharmaceutical industry, collaborating with innovators from academic institutions, research hospitals and non-profits through small and mid-cap biotechnology companies to leading global pharmaceutical companies. Royalty Pharma has assembled a portfolio of royalties which entitles it to payments based directly on the top-line sales of many of the industry’s leading therapies. Royalty Pharma funds innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry both directly and indirectly – directly when it partners with companies to co-fund late-stage clinical trials and new product launches in exchange for future royalties, and indirectly when it acquires existing royalties from the original innovators. Royalty Pharma’s current portfolio includes royalties on more than 35 commercial products, including Vertex’s Trikafta, Kalydeco, Orkambi and Symdeko, Biogen’s Tysabri, AbbVie and Johnson & Johnson’s Imbruvica, Astellas and Pfizer’s Xtandi, GSK’s Trelegy, Novartis’ Promacta, Pfizer’s Nurtec ODT, Johnson & Johnson’s Tremfya, Roche’s Evrysdi, Gilead’s Trodelvy, and 17 development-stage product candidates.