Transition Therapeutics announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Transition Therapeutics Ireland Limited, has exclusively licensed worldwide rights to a novel small molecule drug candidate ("TT701") from Eli Lilly and Company.
TT701 is a selective androgen receptor modulator that has been shown in a Phase 2 study to significantly increase lean body mass and a measurement of muscle strength in male subjects.
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This completed 12-week, Phase 2 study of 350 subjects also demonstrated additional beneficial effects, including significant fat mass reduction with no significant change in prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels.
TTIL is evaluating multiple development paths for TT701, including as a new therapeutic option for patients with androgen deficiency.
Under the terms of the agreement, TTIL has acquired rights to develop and commercialize TT701.
Lilly will receive contingent upfront consideration of up to US$1 million.
In addition, Lilly is eligible to receive up to US$100 million in commercial milestones and a mid-single digit royalty on sales of TT701 products should such products be successfully commercialized.