$40 million upfront including $25 million cash and $15 million in equity in Nuance Biotech (parent company)
Up to $179 million in potential clinical, regulatory, and commercial milestone payments plus tiered double-digit royalties
Nuance Pharma is responsible for all costs related to development and commercialization of ensifentrine in China
LONDON and RALEIGH, N.C. and SHANGHAI, China, June 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Verona Pharma plc (Nasdaq: VRNA) (“Verona Pharma”) and Nuance Pharma Limited (“Nuance Pharma”), today announce that the companies have entered into an agreement granting Nuance Pharma, a Shanghai-based specialty pharmaceutical company, the rights to develop and commercialize ensifentrine in Greater China (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau). Ensifentrine is an investigational, first-in-class, inhaled, dual inhibitor of the enzymes phosphodiesterase 3 and 4 (“PDE3” and “PDE4”). This dual inhibition enables it to combine both bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory effects in one compound. Verona Pharma is currently conducting a global Phase 3 program evaluating ensifentrine for the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (“COPD”), with sites in the US, Europe and South Korea.