Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jan 8, 2018

Regeneron and Sanofi To Accelerate and Expand Investment for Cemiplimab and Dupilumab Development Programs

Companies also announce submission of dupilumab supplemental BLA for uncontrolled, persistent asthma

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. and PARIS, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi will accelerate and expand investment for the clinical development of the PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) antibody cemiplimab in oncology, and the IL-4/IL-13 pathway-blocking antibody dupilumab in Type 2 allergic diseases. Both of these breakthrough therapies have the potential to benefit a number of different patient populations, and this strategic investment will enable the companies to evaluate cemiplimab and dupilumab in broader clinical development programs.

Under the terms of the expansion, the investment in cemiplimab will be increased to a minimum of $1.64 billion, an increase of approximately $1 billion over the initial 2015 agreement, and Sanofi and Regeneron will continue to equally fund cemiplimab development. The companies will also continue their investment in other immuno-oncology programs under their existing Immuno-oncology Discovery Agreement. Investigational cemiplimab is being studied as monotherapy and in combination with other therapies in a wide range of cancers including advanced skin cancers, non-small cell lung cancer, cervical cancer and lymphomas, with more studies in other indications planned to begin in 2018. The companies expect to submit U.S. and EU regulatory applications for cemiplimab in advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the first quarter of 2018.  

The additional investment in the dupilumab development program will help accelerate planned new studies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, peanut allergy and grass allergy, as well as in patients who have multiple allergic conditions. These areas are in addition to ongoing dupilumab clinical development in pediatric atopic dermatitis, pediatric asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis and nasal polyposis. Dupixent® (dupilumab) is approved for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in the U.S. and EU, and a U.S. supplemental biologics license application was submitted for uncontrolled, persistent asthma for patients aged 12 and over in the fourth quarter of 2017. The additional investment will also accelerate and expand development of REGN3500, an IL-33 antibody, with studies expected to be conducted in atopic dermatitis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The increased funding for dupilumab and REGN3500 will be pursuant to the existing Antibody License and Collaboration Agreement between the companies.

"Cemiplimab has demonstrated strong pivotal clinical results in advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and is a core backbone of our immuno-oncology development program, both as a monotherapy and in combination with other therapies. The increased funding will enable us to investigate this important new therapy in a variety of cancers as rapidly as possible," said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron. "Similarly, dupilumab has the potential to be a pipeline in a single product given its unique activity on the IL-4/13 pathway, which is a critical driver of Type 2 allergic inflammation. We look forward to rapidly advancing a broad development program to further investigate the potential of dupilumab to help multiple different patient populations in need."

Regeneron has agreed to grant a limited waiver of the "lock-up" in the Amended and Restated Investor Agreement between the companies, so that Sanofi may sell a small percentage of the Regeneron common stock it owns to fund a portion of the cemiplimab and dupilumab development expansion. This waiver will allow Sanofi to sell in private transactions to Regeneron up to an aggregate of 1.4 million shares of Regeneron common stock through the end of 2020, representing approximately 6 percent of the 23.9 million shares of Regeneron common stock Sanofi currently owns. As of October 20, 2017, there were 107.4 million shares of Regeneron capital stock outstanding. If Regeneron decides not to purchase the shares, Sanofi will be allowed to sell those shares on the open market, subject to certain volume and timing limitations. Further details on the updated agreements are available in Regeneron's current report on Form 8-K filed today.

Cemiplimab and dupilumab were invented by Regeneron using the company's proprietary VelocImmune® technology that yields optimized fully-human antibodies. Other than the approved uses of Dupixent, cemiplimab, dupilumab and REGN3500 are under clinical investigation and their safety and efficacy have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION 

Do not use if you are allergic to dupilumab or to any of the ingredients in DUPIXENT®.   
Before using DUPIXENT, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have eye problems
  • have a parasitic (helminth) infection
  • have asthma
  • are scheduled to receive any vaccinations. You should not receive a "live vaccine" if you are treated with DUPIXENT.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether DUPIXENT will harm your unborn baby. 
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known whether DUPIXENT passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. If you have asthma and are taking asthma medicines, do not change or stop your asthma medicine without talking to your healthcare provider. 

DUPIXENT can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Allergic reactions. Stop using DUPIXENT and go to the nearest hospital emergency room if you get any of the following symptoms: fever, general ill feeling, swollen lymph nodes, hives, itching, joint pain, or skin rash.
  • Eye problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worsening eye problems, including eye pain or changes in vision.

The most common side effects include injection site reactions, eye and eyelid inflammation, including redness, swelling and itching, and cold sores in your mouth or on your lips. 

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of DUPIXENT. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Use DUPIXENT exactly as prescribed. If your healthcare provider decides that you or a caregiver can give DUPIXENT injections, you or your caregiver should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject DUPIXENT. Do not try to inject DUPIXENT until you have been shown the right way by your healthcare provider. 

Please click here for the full Prescribing Information. The patient information is available here.

INDICATION

DUPIXENT is used to treat adult patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) that is not well controlled with prescription therapies used on the skin (topical), or who cannot use topical therapies. DUPIXENT can be used with or without topical corticosteroids. It is not known if DUPIXENT is safe and effective in children. DUPIXENT is administered by subcutaneous injection every two weeks after an initial loading dose

About Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Regeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) is a leading biotechnology company that invents life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led for 30 years by physician-scientists, our unique ability to repeatedly and consistently translate science into medicine has led to six FDA-approved treatments and over a dozen product candidates in development, all of which were homegrown in our laboratories. Our medicines and pipeline are designed to help patients with eye disease, heart disease, allergic and inflammatory diseases, pain, cancer, and infectious and rare diseases.

Regeneron is accelerating and improving the traditional drug development process through its unique VelociSuite® technologies, including VelocImmune®  to yield optimized fully human antibodies, and ambitious initiatives such as The Regeneron Genetics Center, one of the largest genetics sequencing efforts in the world.

For additional information about the company, please visit www.regeneron.com or follow @Regeneron on Twitter. 

About Sanofi
Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.

With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.

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Contacts Sanofi:

 

Media Relations

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Contacts Regeneron:

 

Media Relations          

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