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PTC Therapeutics to acquire Agilis Biotherapeutics for $200m

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PTC Therapeutics announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Agilis Biotherapeutics, a biotechnology company advancing an innovative gene therapy platform for rare monogenic diseases that affect the central nervous system (CNS).

The transaction was approved by the boards of both companies.

"The addition of the gene therapy platform transforms PTC and aligns with our vision of being a leader in the treatment of rare disorders," said Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., chief executive officer, PTC Therapeutics.

"We are impressed with the clinical results shown by the AADC program and are excited with the potential to quickly bring this therapy to patients. We look forward to advancing the Friedreich ataxia and Angelman syndrome programs into the clinic in the next two years."

"I am proud of the accomplishments achieved by Agilis culminating with this value-creating transaction," said Mark Pykett, DVM, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Agilis Biotherapeutics.

"PTC provides a global infrastructure and proven capabilities, which we believe will enable our goal of providing therapy to patients suffering from rare CNS disorders. I look forward to joining PTC and supporting the advancement of the programs to provide value to patients."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, PTC will pay an upfront consideration of $50 million in cash and approximately $150 million in PTC common stock, subject to an estimated maximum 9.34 million share limit (with any shortfall to be made whole with additional cash consideration).

In addition to the upfront payments, potential future consideration includes $60 million in development milestones to be paid over the next two years which includes the acceptance of a BLA.

Additionally, the transaction includes up to $535 million in success-based milestones in connection with regulatory approvals on the three most advanced programs and receipt of a priority review voucher, as well as tiered commercial milestones of $150 million, and 2-6 % of annual net sales for Friedreich ataxia and Angelman syndrome.

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