Novartis signs deal with Vectura to deliver generic U.S. lung therapy
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Novartis signs deal with Vectura to deliver generic U.S. lung therapy

Sandoz AG, a unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, has signed an exclusive deal with Vectura Group Plc to develop a generic version of an existing combined lung therapy for the U.S. healthcare market. Vectura, a British drug maker, has been trying to create a lung drug business since last year’s merger with Skypeharma, and has promised to “prioritise three to five generic projects each year.”

Novartis’ share price has risen by almost 20% so far this year

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The therapy would find a place in a $40 billion global market, and has the potential to lead to some serious payout if it “achieves some development milestones”. This would be great news for Vectura, which has struggled to gain entrance to the global respiratory market, and it could provide another strong earner for Novartis. The therapy is expected to launch sometime in the early- to mid-2020s, and would be targeted at sufferers of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Vectura’s CEO, James Ward-Lilley, said: “This program represents the first partnered collaboration of this series of projects and offers substantial potential for future value creation.”

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Dominion holds Novartis in its Global Trends Managed Fund.


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