Theravance Biopharma Highlights Marketing Authorization in Europe for Trelegy Ellipta as Once-Daily Single Inhaler Triple Therapy for the Treatment of COPD

11/16/17
Launch of Trelegy Ellipta in Europe Expected Before End of Year

DUBLIN, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) ("Theravance Biopharma") today highlighted that the European Commission has granted marketing authorization for Trelegy Ellipta, the triple combination therapy of fluticasone furoate, umeclidinium, and vilanterol in a single ELLIPTA® inhaler, as a maintenance treatment for appropriate patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Trelegy Ellipta is a product in which Theravance Biopharma has an economic interest in future payments that may be made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) or one of its affiliates pursuant to its agreements with Innoviva (formerly Theravance, Inc.). Theravance Biopharma is entitled to receive an 85% economic interest in the royalties paid by GSK on worldwide net sales. Those royalties are upward-tiering from 6.5% to 10%, resulting in cash flows to Theravance Biopharma of approximately 5.5% to 8.5% of worldwide net sales of Trelegy Ellipta. Theravance Biopharma is not responsible for any costs related to the product.

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In an announcement dated November 16, 2017, GSK and Innoviva stated that the European Commission authorization for Trelegy Ellipta is for adult patients with moderate to severe COPD who are not adequately treated by a combination of an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta2-agonist. The companies noted that following this marketing authorization, the first European launch of Trelegy Ellipta is expected to take place before the end of the year. Additionally, GSK and Innoviva reported that regulatory applications have been submitted and are undergoing assessment in a number of other countries.

In September 2017, Trelegy Ellipta was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for COPD patients with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, who are on a fixed-dose combination of fluticasone furoate and vilanterol for airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in whom additional treatment of airflow obstruction is desired or for patients who are already receiving umeclidinium and a fixed-dose combination of fluticasone furoate and vilanterol. Subsequently, GSK stated it anticipated launch of Trelegy Ellipta in the US in the middle of November. 

"This marketing authorization for Trelegy Ellipta represents a key milestone for the COPD patient population as it expands access to this unique and first-in-class once-daily triple therapy to appropriate COPD patients in Europe," said Rick E Winningham, chairman and chief executive officer of Theravance Biopharma. "With the US and European launches of Trelegy planned by year end, our economic interest in worldwide net sales serves as an important strategic asset to the Company, and we look forward to it supporting our continued growth."

Trelegy Ellipta is a combination therapy that represents a unique approach to COPD treatment by combining the activity of three molecules with different mechanisms of action in a single, simple-to-use delivery device. The combination treatment includes: fluticasone furoate (FF), an inhaled corticosteroid; umeclidinium (UMEC), a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA); and vilanterol (VI), a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). This combination has been formulated to be delivered once-daily in GSK's ELLIPTA® dry powder inhaler.

About Theravance Biopharma

Theravance Biopharma is a diversified biopharmaceutical company with the core purpose of creating medicines that help improve the lives of patients suffering from serious illness.

Our pipeline of internally discovered product candidates includes potential best-in-class medicines to address the unmet needs of patients being treated for serious conditions primarily in the acute care setting. VIBATIV® (telavancin), our first commercial product, is a once-daily dual-mechanism antibiotic approved in the U.S., Europe and certain other countries for certain difficult-to-treat infections. Revefenacin (TD-4208) is a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) being developed as a potential once-daily, nebulized treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Our neprilysin (NEP) inhibitor program is designed to develop selective NEP inhibitors for the treatment of a range of major cardiovascular and renal diseases, including acute and chronic heart failure, hypertension and chronic kidney diseases, such as diabetic nephropathy. Our research efforts are focused in the areas of inflammation and immunology, with the goal of designing medicines that provide targeted drug delivery to tissues in the lung and gastrointestinal tract in order to maximize patient benefit and minimize risk. The first program to emerge from this research is designed to develop intestinally restricted pan-Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors for the treatment of a range of inflammatory intestinal diseases.

In addition, we have an economic interest in future payments that may be made by Glaxo Group Limited or one of its affiliates (GSK) pursuant to its agreements with Innoviva, Inc. relating to certain programs, including Trelegy Ellipta (the combination of fluticasone furoate, umeclidinium, and vilanterol in a single ELLIPTA® inhaler, previously referred to as the Closed Triple), currently approved in the US and Europe for the treatment of appropriate COPD patients and in development for the treatment of COPD in several other countries. The product is also currently in development for the treatment of asthma.

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