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Esperion And Daiichi Sankyo Europe Announce Amendment To License And Commercial Collaboration Agreement; Esperion To Receive $150M Upfront In June And Up To $900M In Total Milestones

Esperion to Receive $150 Million Milestone Payment in June  Esperion Completes Transfer of Marketing Authorization Approvals (MAAs) for NILEMDO™ (bempedoic acid) and NUSTENDI™ (bempedoic acid and Esperion to Receive $150 Million Milestone Payment in June 

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Esperion to Receive $150 Million Milestone Payment in June  Esperion Completes Transfer of Marketing Authorization Approvals (MAAs) for NILEMDO™ (bempedoic acid) and NUSTENDI™ (bempedoic acid and
  • Esperion to Receive $150 Million Milestone Payment in June 
  • Esperion Completes Transfer of Marketing Authorization Approvals (MAAs) for NILEMDO™ (bempedoic acid) and NUSTENDI™ (bempedoic acid and ezetimibe) Tablets to DSE     
  • DSE to Initiate Commercial Rollout of NILEMDO and NUSTENDI in Europe Starting Later this Year 

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Esperion (NASDAQ:ESPR) announced the completion of an amendment to the EU commercial collaboration agreement with Daiichi Sankyo Europe (DSE).  Earlier this month, Esperion completed the transfer to DSE of Marketing Authorization Approvals (MAA) for NILEMDO and NUSTENDI.  DSE will now pay Esperion the second $150 million milestone based on completion of the MAA transfer rather than the first commercial product sale in the EU, as previously agreed.

“Over the last eighteen months Esperion and DSE have formed a true partnership which includes the earlier-than-expected European Commission approval of NILEMDO and NUSTENDI and the acceleration of the $150 million milestone payment,” said Tim M. Mayleben, president and chief executive officer of Esperion.   “Together, we are delivering on our mutual commitment to bring affordable and convenient oral, once-daily LDL-C lowering medicines to the millions of patients with elevated LDL-Cholesterol.”

The acceleration of the $150 million milestone payment from DSE was made as a result of an amendment to the License and Collaboration Agreement between the two companies, originally signed in January 2019, which also added Turkey to existing rights covering the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Previously, the milestone payment was due upon the first commercial product sale in Europe.

Under terms of the collaboration agreement with DSE, Esperion is eligible to receive up to $900 million in total milestones as well as tiered royalties between 15% – 25%.  Upon receipt of the $150 million milestone payment later this month, Esperion will have received $300 million in total milestone payments.