Schrödinger Climbs on $2.7 Billion Bristol-Myers Squibb Deal

Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay Schrödinger $55 million up front, plus up to $2.7 billion in milestone payments, in a drug-development deal.
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Schrödinger  (SDGR) - Get Report shares were higher Monday after the software platform said it had reached a $2.7 billion multiyear agreement with health-care giant Bristol-Myers Squibb  (BMY) - Get Report to discover, develop and commercialize therapeutics.

Shares of Schrödinger at last check were up 9.4% to $66.32, while Bristol-Myers Squibb was unchanged at $61.61. Both companies are based in New York.

Under the terms, Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay Schrödinger $55 million up front. Schrödinger will also be eligible to receive up to $2.7 billion in preclinical, development, regulatory and sales-based milestone payments.

In addition, Schrödinger will be entitled to receive royalties on net sales of each product commercialized by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The collaboration aims to combine Schrödinger’s physics-based software platform and drug-discovery capabilities with Bristol-Myers Squibb's expertise in development and commercialization to advance small molecule therapeutics for targets in oncology, immunology and neurological disorders.

The collaboration includes two of Schrödinger’s early-stage programs and additional targets that weren't disclosed. 

Schrödinger will be responsible for discovering development candidates for each of the targets under the collaboration. Bristol-Myers Squibb will then be responsible for developing, manufacturing and commercializing the candidates.

Schrödinger has agreed to grant Bristol-Myers Squibb exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize the development candidates generated by the collaboration. 

"We see tremendous potential in bringing together our drug-discovery expertise with Bristol-Myers Squibb's depth of experience in development and commercialization," Karen Akinsanya,  executive vice president at Schrödinger, said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Bristol-Myers Squibb reported positive results from a late-stage trial of a key psoriasis treatment.