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PDL BioPharma Acquires Portfolio Of Diabetes Royalty Rights And Milestones From Depomed

Stocks in this article: DEPO PDLI

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: PDLI) announced today that it has acquired the rights to receive royalties and milestones payable on sales of Type 2 diabetes products licensed by Depomed (NASDAQ: DEPO) in exchange for a $240.5 million cash payment. PDL will receive all royalty and milestone payments due under the agreements until it has received payments equal to two times the cash payment made to Depomed, after which all payments received will be shared evenly between PDL and Depomed. 

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The rights acquired include Depomed's royalty and milestone payments accruing from and after October 1, 2013: (a) from Santarus with respect to sales of Glumetza ® (metformin HCL extended-release tablets) in the United States; (b) from Merck with respect to sales of Janumet ® XR (sitagliptin and metformin HCL extended-release); (c) from Janssen Pharmaceutica with respect to potential future development milestones and sales of its investigational fixed-dose combination of Invokana ® (canagliflozin) and extended-release metformin; (d) from Boehringer Ingelheim with respect to potential future development milestones and sales of the investigational fixed-dose combinations of drugs and extended-release metformin subject to Depomed's license agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim; and (e) from LG Life Sciences and Valeant Pharmaceuticals for sales of extended-release metformin in Korea and Canada, respectively.

The most recent American Diabetes Association, NIH and CDC estimates are that 8.3 percent of the US population has diabetes and 1.9 million new diagnoses occur per year in people aged 20 years and older.[i] "The acquisition of Depomed's diabetes royalty rights is a significant addition to our income generating assets," said John McLaughlin, chief executive officer of PDL BioPharma. "This acquisition allows PDL to participate in a potentially lengthy, diversified stream of royalties on products in different classes across the diabetes area. Our goal is to be the financial partner of choice to leading life science companies and other institutions seeking to access non-dilutive capital by monetizing their royalty assets, and we are actively looking to expand our portfolio."

Glumetza, a once-daily extended release metformin product approved for the treatment for adults with type 2 diabetes, is licensed by Depomed to Santarus, Inc. in the United States. For the year ended 2012, Depomed reported royalty revenues of $42.8 million based upon net sales of Glumetza by Santarus. PDL will receive Depomed's royalties on net sales of Glumetza of 32 percent for the remainder of 2013 and full year 2014, and 34.5 percent in 2015 and beyond. In the event of generic entry of a Glumetza product in the United States, PDL will share proceeds equally with Santarus based on a gross margin split. In addition to Glumetza royalties due from Santarus, PDL will receive Depomed's royalties due from Valeant Pharmaceuticals for sales in Canada and from LG Life Sciences for sales in Korea.

Janumet XR is Merck's fixed-dose combination product for type 2 diabetes containing sitagliptin, an extended release metformin that was approved by the FDA in February 2012. Depomed granted Merck a license as well as other rights to certain of its patents directed to metformin extended release technology for Janumet XR. PDL will receive Depomed's very low single digit royalty on Merck's net sales of Janumet XR in the United States and other licensed territories through the expiration of the licensed patents pursuant to Depomed's license arrangement with Merck.

PDL also acquired certain rights to royalties and milestones on products currently in development by Boehringer Ingelheim and Janssen Pharmaceutica. Boehringer Ingelheim has worldwide rights to Depomed's Acuform ® delivery technology for the development and commercialization of certain fixed dose combination products which include extended release metformin and proprietary Boehringer Ingelheim compounds currently in development for type 2 diabetes. Subject to clinical development and product approval, PDL may receive Depomed's milestone payments based on regulatory filings and approval events, as well as royalties on worldwide net sales of products sold by Boehringer Ingelheim. Janssen Pharmaceutica has worldwide rights to Acuform delivery technology for the development and commercialization of a fixed dose combination formulation of Janssen's type 2 diabetes product candidate, Invokana (canagliflozin), a Sodium Glucose Transport 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, and extended-release metformin. Subject to clinical development and product approval, PDL may receive Depomed's milestone payments and royalties on worldwide net sales of products sold by Janssen under the Depomed license.

About PDL BioPharma

PDL BioPharma manages a portfolio of patents and royalty assets, consisting primarily of its Queen et al. antibody humanization patents and license agreements with various biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. PDL pioneered the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and, by doing so, enabled the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases for which it receives significant royalty revenue. PDL is currently focused on intellectual property asset management, investing in new income generating assets, and maximizing value for its shareholders.

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