Synthetic Royalty™ FinancingUp to $100 Million
YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder is an investigational, inhaled dry powder formulation of treprostinil delivered through a proven, convenient, palm-sized device. On November 5, 2021, the FDA issued a tentative approval for YUTREPIA, which is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to improve exercise ability in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class II-III symptoms. YUTREPIA was designed using Liquidia’s PRINT® technology, which enables the development of drug particles that are precise and uniform in size, shape, and composition, and that are engineered for optimal deposition in the lung following oral inhalation.
Treprostinil Injection is the first-to-file, fully substitutable generic treprostinil for parenteral administration. Treprostinil Injection contains the same active ingredient, same strengths, same dosage form and same inactive ingredients as Remodulin® (treprostinil) and is offered to patients and physicians with the same level of service and support, but at a lower price than the branded drug. Liquidia PAH promotes the appropriate use of Treprostinil Injection for the treatment of PAH in the United States in partnership with its commercial partner, who holds the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the FDA.
Liquidia Corporation (Liquidia) was seeking non-dilutive financing to fund the potential launch of YUTREPIA, to support continued clinical development of YUTREPIA, to provide capital for business development activities and for general corporate purposes. In January 2023, HCRx and Liquidia announced a Synthetic RoyaltyTM Financing for up to $100 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Liquidia will receive $32.5 million from HCRx at closing, with the potential to receive three additional tranches of funding: $7.5 million at Liquidia’s discretion to support an acquisition of rights to a clinical stage or commercial stage biopharmaceutical product to diagnose, prevent, or treat pulmonary hypertension; $35 million upon a favorable resolution of the ongoing patent litigation with United Therapeutics Corporation or upon earlier, mutual agreement of the parties; and $25 million to be drawn upon the mutual agreement of the parties.