Updated on 14 February 2015
Genzyme will make an upfront commitment of $100 million to Voyager, including $65 million in cash
Singapore:Voyager Therapeutics and Genzyme, a Sanofi company have announced a major strategic collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize novel gene therapies for severe CNS disorders. The collaboration will leverage Genzyme's long-standing commitment and scientific leadership in the field of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy and Voyager's industry-leading AAV product engine to develop breakthrough therapies for patients suffering from severe CNS disorders.
The alliance will encompass multiple gene therapy programs, including programs for Parkinson's disease, Friedreich's ataxia and Huntington's disease, as well as other CNS disorders. Each program targets a severe, debilitating disease and has the potential to deliver transformational therapeutic benefit for patients. The collaboration portfolio created will combine programs and intellectual property from both companies.
Voyager will drive research and development activities for all programs, working with Genzyme in a highly collaborative way. Genzyme will have the option to license several programs following completion of an initial proof-of-concept human clinical trial.
Genzyme will make an upfront commitment of $100 million to Voyager, including $65 million in cash, a $30 million equity investment in Voyager and additional in-kind contributions. Voyager is eligible to receive future potential development and sales milestone payments of up to $745 million, as well as tiered royalties on product sales.
"Through our combined efforts, Voyager and Genzyme are at the forefront of converting the promise of gene therapy into innovative therapies for CNS disorders that make a meaningful difference in patients' lives," said Dr Steven Paul,president and CEO of Voyager. He added, "This strategic collaboration provides significant funding to drive the development of our expanded product pipeline, while also allowing Voyager to continue to thrive as an independent company."