21st February 2018

Arix Bioscience and Ipsen sign a strategic agreement to develop and commercialise innovative therapies  

 

LONDON, PARIS 21 FEBRUARY 2018: Arix Bioscience plc (LSE:ARIX) (“Arix”), a global healthcare and life science company supporting medical innovation, and Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR:IPSEY), a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical company focused on innovation and specialty care, today announced a strategic agreement to develop and commercialise innovative therapies.

Arix will provide Ipsen with access to its unique network of professional and scientific advisors, and the chance to invest in opportunities in Arix’s new and existing businesses. In return, Ipsen will contribute research, development and commercial expertise to the partnership. Arix and Ipsen will collaborate to identify opportunities and jointly create new companies focused primarily on the development and commercialisation of innovative therapies for patients.

“This agreement brings together Ipsen’s deep expertise in drug development and commercialization with Arix’s proven capacity to identify new opportunities and build companies to develop innovative new therapies in areas of high unmet medical need. Arix is committed to acquiring interests in, and assisting in the development of, businesses that bring medical innovation and address important areas with limited available treatment options. We look forward to collaborating with Ipsen to identify new opportunities to drive innovation, improve patient outcomes and, ultimately, future value for our shareholders.”

Joe Anderson,

Chief Executive Officer of Arix Bioscience plc

“We are committed to discovering and developing innovative therapeutic solutions for targeted debilitating diseases and improving the quality of life for patients. By building this relationship with Arix, we can benefit from Arix’s leading networks, advisors and businesses and can support these in turn with our R&D and commercialisation capabilities and expertise. We look forward to working together and supporting the next generation of companies developing life-changing medicines for patients.”

David Meek

Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen

Arix made investments into 13 innovative life science companies in 2016 and 2017, with multiple value-creating milestones expected over the next 18 months. Arix expects to continue to build on its already rich pipeline to provide funding and expertise to additional new businesses in 2018.

 

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For more information on Arix, please contact:

 

Arix Bioscience plc

Charlotte Parry, Investor Relations Manager

+44 (0)20 7290 1072

charlotte@arixbioscience.com

 

Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott, Jessica Hodgson, Ivar Milligan

+44 (0)20 3709 5700

arix@consilium-comms.com

 

For more information on Ipsen, please contact:

 

Media

Ian Weatherhead, Vice President Corporate External Communication

+44 (0)75 8423 0549

ian.weatherhead@ipsen.com

 

Brigitte Le Guennec

Senior Manager, Global External Communications

+33 (0)1 58 33 51 17

brigitte.le.guennec@ipsen.com

 

Financial Community

Eugenia Litz

+44 (0)17 5362 7721

eugenia.litz@ipsen.com

 

About Arix Bioscience plc

Arix Bioscience plc is a global healthcare and life science company supporting medical innovation. Headquartered in London and with an office in New York, Arix Bioscience sources, finances and builds world class healthcare and life science businesses addressing medical innovation at all stages of development. Operations are supported by privileged access to breakthrough academic science and strategic relationships with leading research accelerators and global pharmaceutical companies.

Arix Bioscience plc is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. For further information, please visit www.arixbioscience.com

 

About Ipsen S.A.

Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and specialty care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neurosciences and Rare Diseases. Its commitment to oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies for prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic cancer. Ipsen also has a well-established Consumer Healthcare business. With total sales over €1.9 billion in 2017, Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in over 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Paris-Saclay, France; Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). The Group has about 5,400 employees worldwide. Ipsen is listed in Paris (Euronext: IPN) and in the United States through a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt program (ADR: IPSEY). For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.


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