Phizer is snapping up NextWave Pharmaceuticals—a company backed by a laundry list of investors including Panorama Capital, Bay City Capital, Kearny Venture Partners, Aisling Capital, Fidelity Biosciences, Sofinnova Ventures and Vivo Ventures. Under the terms of the deal, Pfizer will pay $255 million to NextWave’s shareholders at closing. NextWave’s shareholders are eligible to receive up to $425 million in additional money, based on sales milestones. NextWave closed a $45 million round last January.
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced its intention to acquire NextWave Pharmaceuticals, a privately held, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of unique products for the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related central nervous system (CNS) disorders.
NextWave is the developer of Quillivant XR™ (methylphenidate hydrochloride) for extended-release oral suspension, CII, the first once-daily liquid medication approved in the U.S. for the treatment of ADHD, and holds exclusive North American commercialization rights to Quillivant XR. Quillivant XR received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on September 27, 2012, and is expected to be available in pharmacies in the U.S. in January 2013.
Quillivant XR was developed in collaboration with Tris Pharma, NextWave’s technology and manufacturing partner. Quillivant XR is built on Tris’ OralXR+ platform.
Pfizer had previously entered into an option and merger agreement with NextWave during the second quarter 2012 and made an option payment of $20 million. Today, Pfizer is exercising its option to acquire NextWave. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will make a payment to of $255 million to NextWave’s shareholders at the closing of the transaction, and NextWave’s shareholders are eligible to receive additional payments of up to $425 million based on certain sales milestones.
“This agreement demonstrates our focused expansion of the Established Products U.S. brands business to offer a diverse portfolio of high-quality medicines that meet patients’ needs,” said Albert Bourla, president and general manager in Pfizer’s Established Products Business Unit. “By combining the advantages of Quillivant XR with Pfizer’s commercialization expertise, we will be able to provide ADHD patients and their caregivers a new treatment option.”
“NextWave has been focused on helping patients and families who struggle with the challenges of ADHD. We are excited to partner with Pfizer, one of the most respected pharmaceutical organizations in the world, to bring the unique benefits of Quillivant XR to those affected by this challenging condition,” said Jay P. Shepard, president and chief executive officer of NextWave.
The transaction is expected to close during the fourth-quarter 2012, subject to regulatory approval in the United States, and other customary closing conditions.
Pfizer’s financial advisor for the transaction was Jefferies & Company, Inc. Pfizer Legal Alliance (PLA) firms Kaye Scholer LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP acted as legal counsel. The PLA is a collaborative partnership between Pfizer and 19 law firms. NextWave’s financial advisor for the transaction was Aquilo Partners, L.P., while Cooley LLP served as its legal advisor.
About Quillivant XR
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Quillivant XR is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Quillivant XR in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Quillivant XR may harm others and is against the law.
Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
Quillivant XR should not be taken if you or your child are allergic to methylphenidate hydrochloride, or any of the ingredients in Quillivant XR, or are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an antidepression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
Heart-related problems have been reported with CNS stimulant medications:
Sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
Stroke and heart attack in adults
Increased blood pressure and heart rate
Mental (psychiatric) problems can be caused or worsened by CNS stimulant medications:
New or worsening bipolar symptoms
New or worsening psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious)
Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any heart-related symptoms or new or worsening mental (psychiatric) symptoms while taking Quillivant XR.
Quillivant XR may not be right for you. Tell your doctor if:
You or your child have heart problems, heart defects, or high blood pressure
You or your child have mental problems including psychosis (hearing voices, believing things that are not true, suspicious), mania, bipolar illness, or depression
You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Quillivant XR will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
You are breastfeeding or plan to breast feed. Quillivant XR passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take Quillivant XR or breast feed
Possible serious side effects of Quillivant XR are heart-related problems and mental problems, as well as slowing of growth (height and weight) in children.
Quillivant XR is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant prescription medicine. Quillivant XR is used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Quillivant XR may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.
Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide, including BOXED WARNING regarding Abuse and Dependence, at www.quillivantxr.com.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2009 report, almost one in 10 (9.5 percent) children aged 4–17 in the U.S. have at some time received a diagnosis of ADHD.1 The condition often lasts into adulthood, with adult ADHD affecting an estimated 4 percent of Americans.2 ADHD is characterized by symptoms that include difficulty paying attention, impulsive behaviors and, in some cases, patients being overly active.3
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About NextWave Pharmaceuticals
NextWave is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of unique products for the treatment of ADHD and related CNS disorders. More information about NextWave is available at www.nextwavepharma.com.