Shire will acquire Dyax Corp., the publicly traded biotechnology company primarily focused on the development of plasma kallikrein (pKal) inhibitors for the treatment of HAE.
Dyax has already successfully developed and commercialized Kalbitor, which is approved for HAE acute treatment in patients 12 years of age and older, and represented an early innovation in HAE treatment. Dyax’s most advanced clinical program is DX-2930, a Phase 3-ready, fully humanized monoclonal antibody targeting pKal with proof-of-concept Phase 1B efficacy data. DX-2930 has received Fast Track, Breakthrough Therapy, and Orphan Drug designations by the FDA and has also received Orphan Drug status in the EU. It is expected to enter Phase 3 clinical trials by year-end 2015.
Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov, M.D., commented: “This highly complementary transaction aligns with and accelerates our strategy to build a global leading biotechnology company focused on rare diseases and specialty conditions. It adds to our portfolio of best-in-class therapies addressing unmet needs in our core therapeutic areas, expanding and extending our leadership position in HAE. We have closely followed DX-2930’s progress in the evolving HAE landscape for some time, and we admire the work of the Dyax team in moving this next-generation therapy forward. Through compelling proof of concept clinical data, this potentially transformative therapy has been shown to be both highly efficacious and convenient, two key product attributes desired by both physicians and patients.”
Dr. Ornskov continued, “DX-2930 is a strategic fit within our HAE domain expertise, and we are well-positioned to advance the development, registration, and commercialization of DX-2930 for the benefit of HAE patients. This transaction also offers other potential upside opportunities, including Dyax’s early-stage pipeline. Following the close of this transaction, we look forward to welcoming Dyax employees, who will bring to Shire substantial clinical and commercial expertise in HAE. Dyax is to be commended for the world class organization they have built focused on HAE.”
Dyax President and CEO Gustav A. Christensen said: “We believe this transaction will deliver substantial value to our shareholders and highlights our shared commitment to bringing innovative medicines to patients who suffer from the devastating effects of HAE. Our approved product, Kalbitor, was an important first step to bringing a range of HAE medicines to patients. Shire’s expertise and proven rare disease patient identification and management capabilities make it the ideal partner to efficiently bring DX-2930 to HAE patients worldwide. I’m proud of the company that our team has built, and I’m confident that Dyax’s important mission and focus on improving the lives of patients will continue as part of the Shire family.”
(Source: Shire and Dyax)