Omthera Pharmaceuticals Announces NDA Submission for Epanova™ for the Treatment of Patients with Very High Triglycerides
PRINCETON, N.J., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMTH), an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval for the marketing and sale of Epanova™ for the treatment for patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia (triglyceride levels greater than or equal to 500mg/dL).The submission is based on the entire data set from Omthera's clinical development program, specifically positive results from two Phase III trials (EVOLVE and ESPRIT) examining the effectiveness of Epanova in lowering very high triglycerides, and in reducing non-HDL cholesterol in combination with a statin for patients with high triglycerides. Both trials were conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment with the US Food and Drug Administration.
Omthera announced on May 28, 2013 that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with an affiliate of AstraZeneca PLC pursuant to which such affiliate of AstraZeneca will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Omthera for $12.70 per share, or approximately $323 million. In addition to the cash payment, each Omthera stockholder will receive one Contingent Value Right (CVR) of up to approximately $4.70 for each share of common stock that they own, equating to approximately $120 million, if specified milestones related to Epanova are achieved, or if a milestone related to global net sales is achieved. This will bring the total potential acquisition value to approximately $443 million.
About Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new therapies for dyslipidemia and the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Epanova, currently the Company's sole product candidate, is a late-stage, novel, omega-3 free fatty acid composition that meaningfully reduces triglycerides, improves other key lipid parameters and is expected to increase patient convenience with 2-gram once-a-day dosing with or without meals. Epanova™ is a coated soft gelatin capsule containing a complex mixture of polyunsaturated free fatty acids derived from fish oils, including multiple long-chain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, with EPA, DHA, and docosapentaenoic acid being the most abundant forms of omega-3 fatty acids. The Company has completed pharmacokinetic and Phase III clinical studies to investigate the safety and efficacy profile of Epanova™. In 2012 the Company reported positive results from its Phase III EVOLVE and ESPRIT trials, both of which were conducted under Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreements with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Omthera holds worldwide rights to Epanova™ under a license from Chrysalis Pharma AG, a privately held Swiss company that is the owner of the product. For more information, please visit http://www.omthera.com.
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On June 13, 2013, the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a definitive proxy statement in connection with the proposed transaction (the "Definitive Proxy Statement") and, on June 14, 2013, the Company commenced mailing of the Definitive Proxy Statement to its stockholders. INVESTORS AND THE COMPANY'S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE COMPANY. Investors and stockholders may obtain free copies of the Definitive Proxy Statement and other documents (when available) that the Company files with the SEC at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, the Definitive Proxy Statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC may be obtained from the Company free of charge by directing a request to Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Attn: Christian S. Schade, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 707 State Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.
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The Company and its directors and executive officers and certain other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company's stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Investors and stockholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of the Company's directors and executive officers in the Company's final prospectus dated April 11, 2013 filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act with the SEC on April 12, 2013 (the "Prospectus"), and the Definitive Proxy Statement. To the extent holdings of the Company's securities have changed since the amounts printed in the Definitive Proxy Statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on the Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
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