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Licensing agreement for E7727

Posted on 31 March 2014

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Otsuka has acquired rights from Eisai Inc. to develop and sell in the US, Canada and Japan the DNA methylation inhibitor Dacogen®.

In addition, Otsuka has acquired licensing rights worldwide, excluding Mexico. The drug is an intravenous formulation of decitabine (generic name) used in the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), in which ineffective or abnormal production of the myeloid class of blood cells occurs, and in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Otsuka also acquired from Eisai Inc. patent rights to E7727, which together with decitabine forms an oral combination compound in pre-clinical development, ASTX727. Otsuka will continue their existing decitabine-related business through Astex Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. subsidiary, concurrent with advancing clinical development of ASTX727 with the aim to provide an alternative, early-stage option in the treatment of MDS. TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) has announced an agreement with Eisai Inc. (Eisai), a U.S. subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. to acquire rights to the hematological cancer treatment Dacogen® and to an enzyme inhibitor, E7727.

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