Pfizer In-Licenses Voyager Therapeutics' AAV Capsid For Rare Neurologic Disease Target

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  • Voyager Therapeutics Inc VYGR announced that Pfizer Inc PFE had exercised its option to license a novel capsid generated from Voyager's TRACER capsid discovery platform.
  • The platform helps enable a potential gene therapy program against an undisclosed rare neurologic disease target.
  • Under the terms of the license option agreement, originally announced in October 2021, Voyager previously received a $30 million upfront payment and is entitled to receive a $10 million option exercise payment. 
  • Related: Voyager Therapeutics' TRACER Capsids Show Encouraging Action In Animal Models.
  • Voyager is eligible to receive potential future development, regulatory, and commercialization milestone payments of up to $115 million and sales milestones of up to $175 million.
  • The target under agreement with Pfizer is distinct from those utilized in Voyager's internal pipeline programs. 
  • Pfizer has elected not to exercise its option to license a capsid for the cardiac target under the original agreement. All capsid rights for that target are returned to Voyager. 
  • Voyager retains global rights to all licensed capsids for use with other transgenes and all other applications of its TRACER technology.
  • Price Action: VYGR shares are up 17.58% at $6.62 on the last check Tuesday.
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