Codexis Announces Purchase Agreement with Nestlé Health Science for CDX-7108
Company to retain economic interest in biotherapeutic asset while removing cash burn from development and commercialization costs
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS), a leading enzyme engineering company, today announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with Nestlé Health Science, a globally recognized leader in the field of nutritional science, for CDX-7108, an investigational therapy for the potential treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Under the terms of the agreement, Codexis will receive up to $45M in potential milestone payments, including a $5M upfront payment, as well as single-digit net-sales-based royalties. Codexis will receive up to an additional $5M if Nestlé Health Science exercises an option to purchase two additional early-stage enzymes being developed for EPI. Nestlé Health Science will be solely responsible for the continued development and commercialization of CDX-7108, including all associated costs.
“This agreement solidifies the future development of CDX-7108—a potential new therapy that could be added to the treatment armamentarium for patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency—and enables Codexis to focus resources on the advancement of our ECO Synthesis™ platform and the return to growth of our Pharmaceutical Manufacturing business,” said Stephen Dilly, MBBS, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Codexis. “Preliminary data from the CDX-7108 Phase I study announced earlier this year support continued investigation into Phase II clinical studies. We believe that CDX-7108 could represent a meaningful advance in the standard of care for patients, and we are pleased to retain an economic interest in the program as Nestlé continues development.”
Codexis and Nestlé Health Science completed pre-clinical work for CDX-7108 and a Phase I clinical trial under the terms of a previous agreement. With this asset purchase agreement, Nestlé Health Science may continue advancing the compound through the development process.
CDX-7108 is a lipase variant specifically engineered to overcome the limitations of traditional pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) deficiencies. PERT is the main treatment for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), a debilitating condition of the gastrointestinal tract that is caused by conditions that impair pancreatic function, such as pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, Cronh’s disease, celiac disease and cystic fibrosis. CDX-7108 was engineered to be highly stable to the acidic conditions of the stomach and resistant to proteases in the upper intestines. Preliminary data from an interim analysis of the Phase I study proof-of-concept arm supported continued investigation into Phase II clinical studies.
About Nestlé Health Science
Nestlé Health Science, a leader in the science of nutrition and gastrointestinal health, is a globally managed business unit of Nestlé. The company is committed to redefining the management of health, offering an extensive portfolio of science-based nutritional products for patients and consumers. Nestlé Health Science’s trusted relationship with the healthcare professional community and significant commercial capabilities provide the foundation for continued growth of its marketed portfolio of pharmaceutical products including the successful launch in 2023 of a microbiome-based therapeutic.
Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging its proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover, develop and enhance novel, high-performance enzymes and other classes of proteins. Codexis enzymes solve for real-world challenges associated with small molecule pharmaceuticals manufacturing and nucleic acid synthesis. The Company is currently developing its proprietary ECO Synthesis™ platform to enable the scaled manufacture of RNAi therapeutics through an enzymatic route. Codexis’ unique enzymes can drive improvements such as higher yields, reduced energy usage and waste generation, improved efficiency in manufacturing and greater sensitivity in genomic and diagnostic applications. For more information, visit www.codexis.com.
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Released December 27, 2023