Small Molecule / Large Molecule

Recro Pharma Acquires Certain Alkermes' Assets

Apr 15, 2015

Recro Pharma Inc. will acquire assets from Alkermes plc including worldwide rights to IV/IM meloxicam, a proprietary, Phase III-ready, long-acting COX-2 NSAID for moderate to severe acute pain, as well as a contract manufacturing facility, royalty and formulation business in Gainesville, Georgia.

According to a press release, Recro Pharma will pay Alkermes $50 million at closing, and gain the rights to IV/IM meloxicam and ownership of a GMP manufacturing facility and related business located in Gainesville, GA. Alkermes is entitled to receive up to an additional $120 million in milestone payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory and net sales milestones and royalties, in each case, related to IV/IM meloxicam. At closing, Recro Pharma will issue Alkermes a seven-year warrant to purchase an aggregate of 350,000 shares of Recro Pharma common stock.

“This transaction is transformative for Recro Pharma, as it brings together two complementary therapies for treating moderate to severe acute pain, IV meloxicam and our lead product Dex-IN, as well as a commercial manufacturing infrastructure that will add scale and capability and may, over time, provide cash flow to fund development of our pipeline," said Gerri Henwood, Recro Pharma’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

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