29 September 2015
AM-Pharma and Pfizer Inc. shortlisted for “Best Partnership Alliance” in 2015 Scrip Awards
Bunnik, The Netherlands, 29 September 2015. AM‐Pharma B.V., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of recAP (recombinant human Alkaline Phosphatase), and Pfizer Inc. have been nominated for the prestigious category of “Best Partnership Alliance” for the 11th Annual Scrip Awards, organised by Scrip Intelligence, the leading source of news and strategic analysis for the global pharmaceutical industry.
The nomination arises from an agreement announced in May 2015, in which Pfizer made an upfront payment of $87.5 million for a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma, and gained an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the Company with additional potential payments of up to $512.5 million upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement.
According to Scrip, this category seeks to reward innovative partnerships between companies in which they share the risks and rewards inherent in developing new drugs. The judges look for deals that are the most mutually beneficial, have the most strategic potential, and are innovative in their structure.
“We are delighted to have made the shortlist for this year’s Scrip Awards. We believe this external and independent validation highlights the innovative structure of the agreement with Pfizer and the potential of recAP,” said Erik van den Berg, CEO of AM-Pharma. “We look forward to the Scrip Awards ceremony in early December, and the announcement of the winners.”
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About AM-Pharma www.am‐pharma.com
AM‐Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the preclinical and clinical development of recAP (recombinant Human Alkaline Phosphatase) as a treatment of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), Ulcerative Colitis (UC), and Hypophosphatasia (HPP). Based on strong results from Phase II trials with bovine Alkaline Phosphatase in AKI and UC, AM‐Pharma developed an innovative recombinant form of human Alkaline Phosphatase (recAP), which is currently in Phase II development for sepsis-associated AKI. In May 2015, AM-Pharma signed a deal with Pfizer, which made an upfront payment of $87.5 million for a minority equity interest, and exclusive option to acquire the Company, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5 million upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from the agreement.
About Acute Kidney Injury
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) involves inflammatory processes in the kidney which can lead to complete loss of renal function. Hospital‐acquired AKI affects annually around 3 million patients in Europe, the US and Japan, and is associated with mortality in roughly 700,000 patients. It occurs in as many as 4% of hospital admissions and 40% of critical care admissions. Depending on the severity and cause of renal injury, mortality ranges from 10% to as high as 70%. In the US alone, hospitals spend around $10 billion each year on managing this major medical problem. The most important causes of AKI are sepsis, cardiovascular surgery, exposure to nephrotoxic drugs and trauma. AKI patients that need dialysis have the worst prognosis. Currently the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. No drugs are approved to treat this condition. Typically these patients are treated in Intensive Care, often with support of nephrologists.1,2,3
AM-Pharma’s therapeutic candidate, recAP (recombinant Alkaline Phosphatase), is a proprietary recombinant human AP constructed from two naturally occurring human isoforms of the AP enzyme, which is highly stable and active. It is in Phase II development for the potential treatment of AKI, with the potential to be developed for HPP. An oral formulation may be developed for the treatment of UC. The enzyme is produced by cGMP manufacture for preclinical and clinical trial supply and commercialization.
1 Murugan R. and Kellum J.A., (2011) Nat Rev Nephrol. Vol 7: 209-217
2 Heung M. and Chawla L., (2014) Nephron Clin Pract. Vol 127: 30-34
3 Chertow et al., (2005) J Am Soc Nephrol. Vol 16: 3365-3370 Soc Nephrol. Vol 16: 3365-3370