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Orexigen® Therapeutics and Takeda Enter Into Partnership to Commercialize Contrave® in North America

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 1:34am
Bio-Medicine.Org

SAN DIEGO and OSAKA, Japan, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OREX) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502), today announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership to develop and commercialize Contrave® (naltrexone SR/bupropion SR), Orexigen's investigational drug for the treatment of obesity, in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Contrave is a combination therapy believed to address both biological and behavioral drivers of obesity. The central pathways targeted by this treatment are involved in controlling the balance of food intake and metabolism, and regulating reward-based eating behavior.  Orexigen submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Contrave on March 31, 2010 and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date has been set for January 31, 2011.

Under the terms of the agreement, Orexigen will receive an upfront cash payment of $50 million from Takeda, and Takeda will obtain an exclusive marketing right from Orexigen in the United States, Mexico and Canada while Orexigen retains the right to co-promote with Takeda in the United States. Orexigen will be eligible to receive payments of over $1 billion upon achieving certain regulatory and sales-based milestones. Assuming Contrave is commercialized, Takeda will pay tiered double-digit royalty payments on net sales in the Territory.

Under the terms of the agreement, Orexigen and Takeda will work together on ongoing development of the product, with Orexigen leading pre-approval activities, and Takeda leading post-approval activities.  The parties will share in the costs of any future development of the product.

"Takeda is an ideal partner for Contrave given its proven track record in commercializing innovative medicines and its commitment to the treatment of

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