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Vol 19, No 07, July 2015
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Otsuka acquires rights to hematological cancer treatment Dacogen® from Eisai
Otsuka Pharmaceutical has entered an agreement with Eisai Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. to acquire rights to the hematological cancer treatment Dacogen® and to an enzyme inhibitor, E7727.

Eisai will receive the following rights from Otsuka.

  1. Exclusive rights to the development and sale of DNA methylation inhibitor Dacogen®, an intravenous formulation of decitabine (generic name), in the U.S., Canada, and Japan in addition to the licensing rights worldwide excluding Mexico. Eisai will retain the rights in Mexico. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies will retain its worldwide development and commercialization rights (excluding the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan).

  2. Patent rights to metabolic enzyme inhibitor E7727, currently in pre-clinical development by Otsuka's U.S. subsidiary Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. E7727 is in development together with decitabine to form the combination product ASTX727 (an oral hypomethylating agent), which if approved would become the first oral formulation of decitabine.
Source: Business Wire

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