Axsome Therapeutics to Acquire Sunosi® from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Expanding Axsome’s Leadership in Neuroscience
Sunosi is the first and only dual-acting dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (DNRI) approved by the FDA to improve wakefulness in adults living with excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea
Acquisition accelerates Axsome’s transformation into a global commercial entity ahead of potential near-term launches of AXS-05 in major depressive disorder (MDD) and AXS-07 in migraine
Highly synergistic with Axsome’s existing neuroscience portfolio and Digital Centric Commercialization™ (DCC) platform
Anticipated long-lived exclusivity for Sunosi with potential for significant additional indications
Immediately revenue generating, and expected to be breakeven to operating plan in 2023, and substantially accretive thereafter
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Upon closing, the transaction will accelerate Axsome’s transition to a global commercial entity, leverage Axsome’s first-in-class Digital Centric Commercialization™ platform ahead of potential near-term launches of AXS-05 in depression and AXS-07 in migraine, and strengthen Axsome’s industry-leading neuroscience portfolio.
Sunosi was approved by the
“This acquisition immediately transforms Axsome into a global commercial entity, upon closing, and accelerates our growth as a premier biopharmaceutical company focused on delivering potentially life-changing medicines to people living with serious CNS conditions,” said
“In assessing the overall treatment landscape, we determined Axsome would be well positioned to maximize the value of Sunosi, both to patients and to Jazz. Axsome is well placed to leverage its complementary commercial business to ensure Sunosi can effectively reach those who can benefit from this important medicine,” said
Sunosi Transaction Rationale
- Adds a High-potential Commercial Asset to Axsome’s Industry-leading, Late-stage Neuroscience Portfolio: The acquisition of Sunosi immediately transforms Axsome into a global commercial entity upon closing. Sunosi complements Axsome’s existing neuroscience portfolio led by AXS-05 for major depressive disorder (MDD) and AXS-07 for migraine, both of which are undergoing NDA reviews with anticipated FDA actions this year. The transaction positions Axsome to potentially make three important new medicines available in 2022 to patients living with CNS disorders.
Sunosi has high clinical and commercial potential based on 1) its well-established and clinically meaningful efficacy in EDS associated with narcolepsy and OSA, 2) consistent positive feedback from patients, health care professionals, and providers, 3) potential for rapid development in new indications, and 4) patent expiries out to 2040 before potential extensions. Based on further growth potential in the current indication, and potential new indications, the Company estimates peak revenue potential of greater than
$1 billionfor Sunosi.
- Highly Synergistic with Axsome’s Therapeutic Focus and First-in-class Digital Centric Commercialization™ (DCC) Platform: Sunosi is highly synergistic with Axsome’s anticipated commercialization of AXS-05 for depression and AXS-07 for migraine based on the overlap of these conditions with EDS, and complementary prescriber call points. Depression and migraine patients have among the highest prevalence of clinically significant EDS (37%-50%)1,2, and neurologists and psychiatrists are among the key prescribers for wake-promoting agents (40% of prescriptions)3.
Axsome’s first-in-class DCC platform has been designed to optimize physician targeting and engagement, and promotional spend. The DCC platform and Axsome’s therapeutic focus will allow for increased reach to key Sunosi prescriber groups.
- Anticipated to Deliver Substantial Shareholder Value: Sunosi will be immediately revenue generating upon closing, and is expected to be breakeven to Axsome’s operating plan in 2023 and substantially accretive thereafter.
Under the terms of the agreement, Axsome will receive from Jazz worldwide commercial, development, manufacturing, and intellectual property rights to Sunosi, except for certain Asian markets. Jazz will receive from Axsome a total upfront payment of
Axsome will also assume the commitments of Jazz to SK Biopharmaceuticals (SK) and
Axsome expects to finance the transaction via its existing
The transaction has been unanimously approved by Axsome’s Board of Directors, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The transaction is structured to be completed in sequential closings for the
Axsome intends to file a Form 8-K with the
Conference Call Information
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About Sunosi® (solriamfetol)
Sunosi is a dual-acting dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor shown to improve wakefulness in adults living with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) due to narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sunosi received
Important Safety Information
SUNOSI (solriamfetol) is available in 75 mg and 150 mg tablets and is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it contains solriamfetol that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or street drugs. Keep SUNOSI in a safe place to protect it from theft. Never give or sell your SUNOSI to anyone else, because it may cause death or harm them and it is against the law. Tell your doctor if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
Before taking SUNOSI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, diabetes, or high cholesterol
- have had a heart attack or a stroke
- have a history of mental health problems (including psychosis and bipolar disorders), or of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if SUNOSI will harm your unborn baby
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SUNOSI passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take SUNOSI.
What are the possible side effects of SUNOSI?
SUNOSI may cause serious side effects, including:
• Increased blood pressure and heart rate. SUNOSI can cause blood pressure and heart rate increases that can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and death. Your doctor should check your blood pressure before and during treatment with SUNOSI. Your doctor may decrease your dose or tell you to stop taking SUNOSI if you develop high blood pressure that does not go away during treatment with SUNOSI.
• Mental (psychiatric) symptoms including anxiety, problems sleeping (insomnia), irritability, and agitation. Tell your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms. Your doctor may change your dose or tell you to stop taking SUNOSI if you develop side effects during treatment with SUNOSI.
The most common side effects of SUNOSI include:
• decreased appetite
• problems sleeping
These are not all the possible side effects of SUNOSI. Call your doctor for advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please find full prescribing information here: https://pp.jazzpharma.com/pi/sunosi.en.USPI.pdf
About Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Obstructive sleep apnea, commonly referred to as sleep apnea, is a highly prevalent disease (as high as 14% in men and 5% in women) in which excessive daytime sleepiness is a major presenting complaint in many cases. Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy, with its most common form being Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), has been shown to be an effective therapy for sleep apnea that frequently results in improvement in excessive daytime sleepiness in many patients; however, not all patients tolerate CPAP therapy and among those who tolerate CPAP, usage is highly variable. Excessive daytime sleepiness may persist in people with sleep apnea despite using CPAP.
Narcolepsy is a serious and debilitating neurological condition that causes dysregulation of the sleep-wake cycle and is characterized clinically by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and disrupted nocturnal sleep. Narcolepsy afflicts an estimated 185,000 individuals in the
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- Stroe AF, et al. (2010) Sleep Medicine 11, 890–896
- Hein M, et al. (2019) J Affective Disorders 243, 23–32
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