July 20, 2024


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AbbVie agrees to pay $60M for rights to acquire implantable glaucoma device

AbbVie agrees to pay M for rights to acquire implantable glaucoma device

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AbbVie said on Wednesday it will pay back $60 million for the legal rights to get a Belgian enterprise that is acquiring a minimally invasive glaucoma operation unit. 

The companies struck a offer to acquire and commercialize iSTAR Medical’s MINIject product, a modest, porous implant that is created to reduce intraocular strain. The gadget is now CE-marked and iSTAR began marketing it in some European countries earlier this year.

iSTAR at the moment is enrolling for a premarket approval study so that the gadget can be marketed in the U.S. AbbVie will help develop and commercialize the MINIject machine right until this study is completed. The trial is expected to enroll 975 clients and conclude in 2025, BTIG analysts stated in a Wednesday investigate observe. 

“We think it really is most likely that [AbbVie] could help speed up enrollment of this trial, moving timelines ahead, even although iSTAR will stay an impartial organization by way of the clinical demo,” the analysts wrote.

Right after the trial is completed, AbbVie has the special proper to acquire iSTAR and guide international improvement and commercialization of its glaucoma operation product, for each the conditions of the settlement. 

AbbVie will make a $60 million non-dilutive upfront payment and iSTAR’s stockholders will be able to acquire as much as $475 million in extra contingent payments if the firm achieves specific milestones.

AbbVie, which at present presents glaucoma treatments in the type of drops, sustained launch implants and stents, claimed it sees the offer as an chance to develop its eye-care business.  

“As a top enterprise in eye treatment with a commitment to a broad and assorted portfolio from the front to the again of the eye, alongside with our international footprint and infrastructure in glaucoma, we are effectively-positioned to guidance bringing this [minimally invasive glaucoma surgery] offering to individuals and glaucoma experts through this strategic alliance,” Michael Robinson, AbbVie’s global therapeutic place head of eye treatment, explained in a assertion. 

The BTIG analysts included that even though the deal does not shake up the surgical glaucoma landscape, it alerts AbbVie’s intention to expand in the delicate to reasonable glaucoma segment.