Biotie has announced that its partner H.Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) has launched Selincro in the UK. According to the terms of the license agreement between Biotie and Lundbeck for Selincro, Biotie is eligible for a milestone payment of €2 million related to the UK launch.
Biotie will potentially contribute to Lundbeck towards any required post approval commitment studies. These contributions are not expected to be significant in 2013.
Lundbeck will continue the rollout of Selincro in additional European markets through 2013 and into 2014.
About Selincro (nalmefene):
Selincro is indicated for the reduction of alcohol consumption in adult patients with alcohol dependence who have a high drinking risk level (>60 g/day for men, >40 g/day for women) without physical withdrawal symptoms and who do not require immediate detoxification. Selincro should be prescribed in conjunction with continuous psychosocial support focused on treatment adherence and the reduction of alcohol consumption. Treatment should be initiated only in patients who continue to have a high drinking risk level two weeks after an initial assessment. Selincro is to be taken as-needed; that is, on each day the patient perceives a risk of drinking alcohol, one tablet should be taken, preferably 1-2 hours prior to the anticipated time of drinking.
Biotie has licensed global rights to Selincro to Lundbeck. Under the terms of the agreement, Biotie is eligible for up to €89 million in upfront and milestone payments plus royalties on sales of Selincro. Upon payment of the UK launch milestone, Biotie will have received €14 million of such milestone payments from Lundbeck. Further payments of up to €2 million are expected on commercial launch of Selincro in each of France, Germany, Italy and Spain, and further potential milestone payments on launches in certain other markets and if the product reaches certain predetermined sales. Lundbeck is responsible for the registration, manufacturing and marketing of the product.