Servier Completes Acquisition of Agios Pharmaceuticals’ Oncology Business

01/04/2021

Transaction includes TIBSOVO®, co-commercialization responsibilities for Bristol Myers Squibb’s IDHIFA® as well as a strong oncology pipeline of Phase 3 and early-stage assets

PARIS, France and BOSTON, Mass., April 1st, 2021 – Servier, a global pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Agios Pharmaceuticals’ commercial, clinical, and research-stage oncology portfolio for up to $2 billion plus royalties. The acquisition immediately strengthens Servier’s commercial presence in the U.S. malignant hematology market and provides the potential for long-term growth into the solid tumor space.

“We are pleased to welcome an exceptionally talented team that will allow us to strengthen our strategic focus in oncology and expand our scientific capabilities in cellular metabolism,” said Olivier Laureau, President of Servier. “It is an important milestone in Servier’s oncology strategy as it significantly reinforces the Group’s presence in the U.S. Together, with this expanded team, we remain committed to addressing the unmet needs of patients living with cancer across the globe.”

“We appreciate the support of our employees, partners and Agios team in ensuring a seamless integration,” said David K. Lee, CEO, Servier Pharmaceuticals. “The addition of TIBSOVO® and IDHIFA® to our pipeline allows us to expand our oncology leadership capabilities in the U.S. and accelerate scientific advancements for patients with hematological malignancies, including acute myeloid leukemia.”

As part of the transaction, U.S.-based Agios employees who primarily support the oncology business will join Servier Pharmaceuticals LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Servier. The transaction includes the transfer to Servier of Agios Pharmaceuticals’ oncology portfolio, development pipeline and research programs, notably:

  • TIBSOVO (ivosidenib)*.
  • IDHIFA (enasidenib)[i], a medicine co-promoted with Bristol Myers Squibb in the U.S.
  • Vorasidenib, an investigational, brain-penetrant, dual inhibitor of mutant IDH1 and IDH2 which is currently being studied in the registration-enabling Phase 3 INDIGO study in patients with IDH-mutant low-grade glioma.
  • AG-270, an investigational first-in-class methionine adenosyltransferase 2a (MAT2A) inhibitor being evaluated in combination with taxanes in patients with methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP)-deleted non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Under the terms of the transaction agreement, Agios received an upfront payment of $1.8 billion from Servier and is eligible to receive an additional $200 million in a potential regulatory milestone, plus royalties. The transaction has been approved by both companies’ respective boards of directors and Agios’ shareholders. All regulatory clearances have been received from government authorities outlined in the agreement.

[i]Please see the full prescribing information for IDHIFA (enasidenib) and TIBSOVO (ivosidenib), including the Boxed WARNINGS.

 

About Servier Pharmaceuticals

Servier Pharmaceuticals, LLC is a commercial-stage company with a passion for innovation and improving the lives of patients, their families and caregivers. A privately held company, Servier has the unique freedom to devote its time and energy toward putting those who require our treatment and care first, with future growth driven by innovation in areas of unmet medical need.

Servier is committed to finding solutions that will address today’s challenges. The company’s oncology portfolio of innovative medicines is designed to bring more life-saving treatments to a greater number of patients, across the entire spectrum of disease and in a variety of tumor types.

Servier believes co-creation is fundamental to driving innovation and is actively building alliances, acquisitions, licensing deals and partnerships that bring solutions and accelerate access to therapies. With our commercial expertise, global reach, scientific expertise and commitment to clinical excellence, Servier Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to bringing the promise of tomorrow to the patients that we serve.

 

Press contacts

Servier Group (France and worldwide)
Sonia Marques
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+33 (0)1 55 72 40 21 / + 33 (0)7 84 28 76 13

Servier Pharmaceuticals (U.S.)
Kelly Schlemm
kelly.schlemm@servier.com

 

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