Genmab to Broaden and Strengthen Oncology Portfolio with Acquisition of ProfoundBio

On April 3, 2024 Genmab A/S (Nasdaq: GMAB) and ProfoundBio, Inc. reported that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement for Genmab to acquire ProfoundBio in an all-cash transaction (Press release, Genmab, APR 3, 2024, View Source [SID1234641710]). ProfoundBio is a privately-owned clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation ADCs and ADC technologies for the treatment of certain cancers, including ovarian cancer and other FRα-expressing solid tumors. Genmab will acquire ProfoundBio for USD 1.8 billion in cash, payable at closing (subject to adjustment for ProfoundBio’s closing net debt and transaction expenses).

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The transaction will further broaden Genmab’s mid- to late-stage clinical pipeline and strengthen and complement Genmab’s already validated suite of proprietary technology platforms. The acquisition will give Genmab worldwide rights to ProfoundBio’s portfolio of next-generation ADCs, which consists of three clinical and multiple preclinical programs including Rina-S, a potential best-in-class, clinical-stage, FRα-targeted, Topo1 ADC, currently in Phase 2 of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial, for the treatment of ovarian cancer and other FRα-expressing solid tumors. In addition, the combination of ProfoundBio’s novel ADC technology platforms with Genmab’s proprietary antibody platforms will potentially create new opportunities to generate and develop new medicines with the potential to transform the treatment of cancer and improve the lives of patients.

The addition of Rina-S to Genmab’s portfolio will enable Genmab to deepen its presence in the gynecologic oncology space and establish a firm foundation in solid tumors. As a potential best-in-class ADC, Rina-S aims to address a broader patient population than first-generation FRα-targeted ADCs. Based on the data from the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial Genmab intends to broaden the development plans for Rina-S within ovarian cancer and other FRα-expressing solid tumors. In January 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) granted Fast Track designation to Rina-S for the treatment of patients with FRα-expressing high-grade serous or endometrioid platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.

"The proposed acquisition of ProfoundBio firmly aligns with our long-term strategy and our ambitious 2030 vision, to impact the lives of patients through innovative antibody medicines," said Jan van de Winkel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Genmab. "We believe that ProfoundBio’s ADC candidates, proprietary technology platforms and talented team will be a great addition to Genmab and that, together, we will be able to accelerate the development of innovative, differentiated antibody therapies for cancer patients."

"Genmab shares our team’s mission of developing novel therapies to improve outcomes for cancer patients. Genmab’s deep expertise in antibody drug development and commercialization makes this a compelling union that will allow us to rapidly develop and realize the full potential of our ADC therapies to benefit patients," said Baiteng Zhao, Ph.D., ProfoundBio’s co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.
Details of the Transaction
The proposed transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close in the first half of 2024. The closing of the proposed transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Following today’s announcement, Genmab’s operating expenses before expenses incurred by it in connection with the proposed transaction are now anticipated to be at or moderately above the upper end of the previously disclosed guidance range of DKK 12.4 -13.4 billion. The anticipated increase reflects the incremental R&D investment to support the advancement of ProfoundBio’s clinical programs, primarily Rina-S. Genmab’s revenue guidance is unchanged and expected to be in the previously disclosed guidance range of DKK 18.7 – 20.5 billion. We expect to update our guidance no later than in connection with Genmab’s second quarter 2024 earnings.

Goldman Sachs International is acting as sole financial advisor to Genmab in this transaction and Shearman & Sterling LLP, Simmons & Simmons LLP and Kromann Reumert are its legal advisors.

BofA Securities, Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are acting as financial advisors to ProfoundBio in this transaction and Cooley LLP, Travers Thorp Alberga and Jun He Law Offices are its legal advisors.

Conference Call Details
Genmab will hold a conference call to discuss the transaction today, April 3 at 1:00 PM CEST / 12:00 PM BST / 7:00 AM EDT. To join the call please use the following registration link: Registered participants will receive an email with a link to access dial-in information as well as a unique personal PIN. To listen to a live webcast of the call please use the following link: View Source An archive of the webcast and relevant slides will be available at View Source