from the January 2010 issue

Teva invests $60m to develop cancer drug

In addition to a global licensing and collaboration agreement, Teva will receive an equity stake in OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq:TEVA; TASE:TEVA) has entered a global licensing and collaboration agreement for OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (Nasdaq: OGXI) potential cancer treatment OGX-011. Teva will invest $60 million, including an equity investment.

The drug, is in Phase III clinical trials and is expected to move into late-stage development as a potential prostate and lung cancer treatment in 2010 and 2011, the companies said. The drug is expected to be used an additional therapy to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

Under the deal, OncoGenex will receive $60 million up front, including a $10 million equity investment valuing its stock at $37.38 per share, which represents a 26% premium to its closing price of $29.65 on Friday. OncoGenex will be eligible to receive up to $370 million in milestone and other payments, along with royalties.

OncoGenex, based in Bothell, Wash., and Vancouver, British Columbia retains an option to co-promote OGX-011 in the US and Canada.

Teva senior VP branded products, Moshe Manor, said that the drug will be a significant part of Teva's branded oncology products.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report January 2010

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