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AstraZeneca and Nektar Sign Worldwide Agreement for Nektar Drug Development Programmes -- NKTR-118 and NKTR-119 -- to Address Opioid-Induced Constipation
Date:9/21/2009

LONDON and SAN CARLOS, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AstraZeneca and Nektar Therapeutics announced today that they have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement for two drug development programmes: NKTR-118, a late stage investigational product being evaluated for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, and the NKTR-119 programme, an early stage programme that is intended to deliver products for the treatment of pain without constipation side effects. Both programmes were developed by Nektar, utilizing their proprietary small molecule advanced polymer conjugate technology platform.

Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will assume the responsibility for the continued development of both the NKTR-118 and NKTR-119 programmes, including the initiation of late-stage clinical studies for NKTR-118. AstraZeneca expects completion of the design of the phase III programme in the near term, and anticipates filing the drug with regulators in 2013. AstraZeneca will also be responsible for global manufacturing and marketing for both programmes. Under the agreement, Nektar will receive an upfront payment of $125 million for both NKTR-118 and NKTR-119.

NKTR-118 has completed a Phase 2 clinical trial and is being developed to treat constipation caused by the use of opioid pain products. Under the agreement, for NKTR-118, Nektar is eligible to receive up to $235 million in aggregate payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory milestones, as well as additional tiered sales milestone payments of up to $375 million if the product achieves considerable levels of commercial success. Nektar will also be eligible to receive significant double-digit royalty payments on net sales of NKTR-118 worldwide.

NKTR-119 is an early stage drug development programme that is intended to combine oral NKTR-118 with selected opioids, with the goal of treating
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